Wife: “Does it hurt now?”
Husband: “How many times will you ask me? Now this pain will go with me. You take care of Guddi.”
Guddi, 10, their daughter, is not very comfortable when he holds her hand.
Wife: (Angry) And how do you expect me to do that?
The wife accuses him of bringing this calamity on all of them because of his drinking. Guddi looks at both without any expression.
Husband: “I wanted to help Sonu finish her college. Now I don’t know ….”
The wife bursts out. Grabs Guddi. “And what do you want me to do with this one? Forget me. You are always more worried about your sister. Where is she now? Oh! My fate!” She slaps her forehead.
Just then, the doctor walks in with Sonu, the sister. Seeing the sister, Guddi brightens up. Tries to run to her. Mother holds her back.
The doctor examines the husband. Then says he has some good news to give. The sister is willing to donate her liver. The husband begins to ask something, but Sonu stops him.
Sister: “Let the doctor finish what he is saying.”
Doctor: “There are many reasons for liver cirrhosis. Some problems by birth, some virus. But in your case, we all know what the reason is ….”
The husband holds his ears in apology and starts sobbing. “Never again.”
Doctor: “Like I told you, no treatment will work at this stage. Only a transplant. That too quickly. Fortunately, your sister is a match. And she has agreed, and. Of course, there is no danger—"
Sonu suddenly stops doctor. She addresses the patient, her brother.
Sister: “The doctor says there is no danger to my life. He says he will take only a small piece of my liver. What I know is I am giving you a piece of my life so that you get a second life. Not for me. But for Bhabhi and Guddi. You were always worried about my college, right? Now you better get well. Because I want you to make sure Guddi completes her college. Remember, you owe it to me.”
The wife gets up crying and does a namaste to her sister-in-law. She is unable to speak. Sonu enfolds her and Guddi in an embrace. In the background, the husband, weeping bitterly, does an apologetic namaste to the three.
The doctor walks away. Guddi suddenly runs to him and pulls at his coat to stop him.
Guddi: “Please don’t take too much of her liver. If you want more, take a little piece of my liver.”
The doctor laughs and pats her head.
Guddi runs back to the bed, sits, and holds her father’s hand. Her mother and aunt join them.
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