You could only notice the dazzling lights, reverberating music and experience the atmosphere charged with triumph at a recent Delhi fashion show. What you woudn't notice is the fact that the models, all decked up in traditional Indian ensembles, were actually patients suffering from varied kidney disorders.
Organised by Fortis at New Delhi, the show was part of celebrations to commemorate the World Kidney Week that Fortis is observing.
The show was an attempt to provide a platform to the patients to showcase their will to live and fight against kidney disorders.
It was also an attempt to break the myth that kidney disorders can put an end to a person's normal life.
"Many people believe that patients with kidney failure have no real life and that probably is the end of life. This fashion show demonstrates that patients with kidney failure and kidney transplantation can lead a normal life just like any other person," said Vijay Kher, Director, Nephrology and Renal Transplant Services, Fortis Hospital.
Walking the ramp in exquisite and dazzling outfits, these patients were radiant with joy as they exuded self-confidence on ramp.
They said they wanted to show that a kidney ailment does no cripple you for life.
"I just walked down the ramp just to show that after transplant life does not end. You have certain restrictions, but accordingly you can do whatever you want to do," said Rajat, a kidney transplant patient.
There has been a tremendous increase in the kidney related disorders and a large number of youngsters are also reporting chronic renal failures.
According to reports, million of people die prematurely every year of kidney failure or heart attacks and strokes linked to chronic kidney disease.