Interview

Giving the Gift of Life — To a Stranger

What would you do for a stranger?

  • April 28th 2020
Ali Zahir ODAAT
Giving the Gift of Life — To a Stranger

Catching Up With Wajahat Ali and Shawn Zahir

What would you do for a stranger? In this episode of One Day at a Time, New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali catches up with Shawn Zahir who anonymously donated part of his liver to save Ali's two-year-old daughter. Ali and Zahir reflect on how they met over Twitter, how they’re each coping during times of uncertainty, and the incredible power of a single act of kindness. 

One Day At a Time

Our video series One Day at a Time captures casual conversations between friends and colleagues as they grapple with the little stuff, the bigger stuff, and the unimaginable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay Engaged

Pick up where Wajahat Ali and Shawn Zahir left off during the conversation by exploring ways you can help.

Support the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, which provides life-restoring care for those in need of organ transplants.

• Read Wajahat Ali's poignant piece in the New York Times about how he's applying the lessons he learned from his daughter's struggle with cancer to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

• Find out how you can become an organ donor in your state.

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