Thodupuzha (Cheppukulam), August 20, 2012: There is no greater love than giving one’s own life for the other and Rainy Joy literally abided by the gospel parting her liver with Swathy Krishna, her niece. In a specially organized felicitation meeting by the local civic of Cheppukulam, the epitome of compassion, center of attraction, was garlanded with praises and honors.
There was a felicitation meeting held at St. Thomas U.P. School, Cheppukulam to felicitate and acknowledge the daring act of Rainy Joy, daughter of the soil. Hon’ble P.J. Joseph, Water and Irrigation Minister inaugurated the felicitation meeting at 11.45am. Rev. Dr. Geo Thadikkatt, Parish Priest cum Manger of the St. Thomas U.P. School, Cheppukulam presided over the meeting. K. Francis George, Ex. M.P delivered the key note address. Sheela Stephen, District Panchayath PWD Standing Committee Chair person, the great beneficiary of Rainy Jose’s selfless act none other than Swathy Krishna, Rainy’s husband Joy and a few officials were present for the function.
As the token of her daring act, Rainy Joy was garlanded with silk shawl and given a memento by Hon’ble P.J. Joseph. In his inaugural speech, he said the loving act of Rainy Joy is beyond words can explain. He asked the audience how many of them were willing to donate their kidney; there were 16 hands up in the air at first. Unlike any other enquiry it was not a casual one by the minister he asked it because one his staffs, needs to undergo kidney transplantation. Minister repeated how many among the audience are willing to donate their kidney and this time only 9 hands were put in the air and it brought laughter in the meeting. When the minister shared his intention with the audience, finally only 6 hands remained up in the air and he noted down the names of those 6 who were willing to donate their kidney.
Dr. Geo Thadikkatt, said in his presidential address, “We have Fr. Davis Chiramel and Kochouseph Chittilappilly, the founder and Vice Chairman of V-Guard Industries Ltd. as great examples right in front of us in donating organs and now recently Rainy Joy also has joined the party. By her gentle act she has proved to be a great humanitarian as well as a true Christian. She will be a great example in modern society where depreciation of values and morality happening and she has restored value to the society.”
The minister was kind enough to make an order to widen and tar the road which leads to Rainy Joy’s house and it shall be named after Rainy and thus it shall be known as ‘Rainy Road.’
The Kerala community took the Swathy Krisha’s medical-issue so close to their heart and there was an unprecedented response from the community in terms of financial aid and prayer support for the speedy recovery of her.
Swathy, a plus-two student of MKM Higher Secondary School, Piravom, underwent the surgery following acute liver failure. As Swathy’s mother Raji is a heart patient, she was not able to donate her liver and hence, Rainy came forward.
Photo Courtesy: Dr. Geo Thadikkattu