Boy writes letter to donor's family who saved his father's life: 'She didn’t lose her son for no reason.'

Ramu Chinthala, unable to find the right words to thank his donor's family, is moved by the heartfelt letter his son, Akul, wrote. (Photo: IndyStar)
Ramu Chinthala, unable to find the right words to thank his donor's family, is moved by the heartfelt letter his son, Akul, wrote. (Photo: IndyStar)

For almost a year, a father attempted to put pen to paper to properly thank the family of a man who changed his life through a kidney donation. Finding the words was difficult for Ramu Chinthala, who was so happy to be well again, while knowing a mother was grieving the loss of her son.

Ramu’s 13-year-old son Akul helped him deliver the perfect message.

“Your son saved a very good man’s life,” Akul wrote in a letter to the donor’s family, according to the Indy Star. “Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. We pray to God so that you get better every day.”

Akul wrote about how much his mother, Aparna, and his younger brother, Anshul, needed Ramu — and how their lives have improved since his dad became healthy again.

“Nobody could be the same without him,” Akul told IndyStar.

In 2006, Ramu, who lives in Carmel, Indiana, was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, which causes protein to build up in the kidney. His health continued to deteriorate, but his children remained unaware of his condition until 2016. In September of that year, Ramu had surgery to begin dialysis.

Ramu became tired and agitated but tried to keep life normal for his family, playing video games and watching superhero movies when he felt well enough. After six months on a wait list, Ramu received his new kidney on April 8, 2017.

“The life before and after transplant was a black and white difference,” Ramu told the Indy Star. “I think [organ donation is] the greatest gift anybody can give to anybody.”

Now, Ramu is able to spend more time with his family and even recently finished a 5K race.

“Your son saved a very good man’s life,” Akul wrote. “And I am very sorry for your loss. And I hope you are ok... I hope we can do more letters. And I hope we can meet each other also! Because of your son [and] your help me and my family can live life again!”

“I wanted to show ... that she didn’t lose her son for no reason,” Akul told the Indy Star.

“It’s so amazing. It’s heart-touching,” Ramu said.

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