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Sharmili Mallick

Baripada: Needless to say, women love a long hair. For them, it is one of the many facets of beauty which they never want to do away with at any cost. Well, doing the unimaginable, a girl from Odisha has garnered applauds from all and sundry after she cut off her hair to zero to donate it to the cancer patients.

In support of those battling cancer, Shruti Swapna Maiti decided to shave her head and the hair would be used to make wigs for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

A resident of ward number-23 under Baripada Municipality in Mayurbhanj district, Shruti is a final year student of MPC Autonomous College here. She is the only child of Sudipta Maiti and Swapna Maiti.

Not just the hair, Shruti has already registered to donate her eyes and willing to donate other vital organs too. With the gesture, she has turned an epitome of benevolence and winning accolades from her family, friends and all those who have come across her noble initiative.

"I shaved my head to donate my hair for making wigs for cancer patients. I was thinking about it when I was in 12th standard but could make it possible only now. I have already registered for eyes donation and want to donate my organs too but there is not much scope in Baripada," said Shruti Swapna Maity.

Shruti said she is happy she could contribute something for cancer patients. Nobody mocks her for the shaved head, as she has now become a star in Baripada with locals respecting the cause behind it.

"She voluntarily donated her hair. She also wants to donate her eyes and other organs. We are extremely proud of her," said Shruti's grandparents Nirmal Kanti Bose and Kuni Bose.

After joining the National Service Scheme in Plus-II, Shruti has participated in many social service works, both in national and international campaigns.

Worth mentioning, hair loss is common for cancer patients during chemotherapy. And Shruti's support to the cause doesn't just make a difference, but will boost the morale of the cancer survivors and help them deal with the side-effects with ease.

"We are proud that such kind-hearted girl is from our college. Doing something for the society without expecting anything is big," feels Shruti's friend, Abhas Dey.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)


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