A 54-year-old year old man has created a record in the country by donating platelets 284 times as of Saturday.
Sanjay Bapat, biomedical engineer, believes in helping people in any way he can, not only donates blood but also encourages and arranges food donors during ongoing pandemic.
An avid social worker Bapat has been donating blood every three months since 1987. However, when he learnt about the blood
platelet and plasma donation in 1996, he began donating the platelets every 45 days, he hoped that blood banks never run dry.
During the pandemic, a number of surgeries were either cancelled or postponed for problem in blood banks. In the last 11 months of the pandemic, he has donated platelets 21 times.
He started in 1996 when he learnt about a new machine brought in at Tata Hospital, which used to separate the platelets, as a biomedical engineer he had to visit hospitals regularly. He became the third donor on that new machine.
Bapat's donation figure has now reached 284. According to Bapat "I believe that in 365 days of a year, I should be able to arrange at least 365 bottles of blood.” He also aims to create awareness about blood donation amongst citizens by donating platelets in hospitals or blood banks.
Apart from donating blood, Bapat also arranges food donors and has helped arrange over 160 food donors. Bapat said: “Once I cross 58 years of age, I will not be able to donate blood or platelets. But I also don’t want to be useless and hence want to help as much as I can.”