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Kidney transplants in private hospitals temporarily banned

times online Sri LankaSunday Times in Sri Lanka | Jan 22, 2016

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Minister of Health Rajitha Senarathne said that the report of the Indian kidney transplantation racket case still has not been received legally to the Ministry of Health and a circular was issued to all private hospitals in the country prohibiting all kidney transplantations for the foreigners until the investigations are finished.

 He said that the report pertaining to the Indian kidney transplant racket  has not still been received by the Ministry of Health.  But a circular has been issued to all private hospitals  temporarily banning from performing kidney transplant operations on foreign patients until the investigations are completed, the Minister said...

Illegal Kidney transplant thrives

Ceylon TodayCeylon Today | Jan 10, 2016

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Indian agents are assiduously touting neighbouring Sri Lanka as an ideal location for 'medical marvels' at reasonable costs and a hassle free operation or so it seems. So much so that Sri Lanka's fast becoming a virtual hub for this medico Mafiosi to clandestinely operate.

But the proverbial 'lid has been blown' on the mega racket involving kidney transplants that run into as much as US$ 52,000 per transplant. Unscrupulous Indian agents are in tow with three leading hospitals in Colombo, where they wheedle healthy kidneys from utterly destitute individuals in remote parts of India, beguiling them to part with one of theirs for a sum of money that would be too tempting to them, to refuse.

They have a network of around 95 sub agents working for the kingpins based in Kolkotta and Chennai, these two cities being pivotal centres for negotiating the kidney transactions and working cordially with three hospitals in Colombo, Ceylon Today learns.

Colombo hospitals have become a haven for Indians to undergo illegal procedural kidney transplant surgeries. Most of whom, who hail from Rajasthan, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra and the donors are from poor States such as Bihar and Jharkhand as Ceylon Today learns...

Kidney racket busted in Nalgonda

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The Hindu | Jan 7, 2015
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By T. Karnakar Reddy

In a startling revelation, an unemployed youth from Godavarigudem village of Nalgonda district, who addicted to liquor and habituated to lavish life, has sold out his kidney to a donor for Rs 5 lakh in December 2014. Later, he turned in to an agent to the kingpin of international kidney rocket, which lured him initially, and facilitated 15 other transplantations.

The donor was identified as Kasaparaju Suresh (22), who currently pursuing a hotel management course in Hyderabad.

During the Police investigation, they have found that Suresh has facilitated 15 transplantations during the past 14 months apart from him. The donors include from Nalgonda (4), Hyderabad (4), Bengalauru (4), Tamil Nadu (2), Mumbai (1) and New Delhi (1).

Surprisingly all the kidney transplantation surgeries were performed in Colombo in Sri Lanka at three major hospitals Nawaloak Hospital, Western Hospital and Lankan Hospital though the donors and recipients were from India.

Speaking to news reporters here on Wednesday, Superintendent of Police, Vikram Jeet Duggal said that Suresh had facilitated for 15 kidney donations for which he got some Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh as commission for getting each donor while the donor was given Rs 5 lakh...

Our body parts shouldn’t be for sale

Washington PostThe Washington Post | December 29, 2015
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By Francis Delmonico and Alexander Capron

Organ transplants have extended and improved the lives of more than a million patients over the past 60 years. This is a testament to the dedication and creativity of medical professionals as well as to the generosity of both living and deceased organ donors.

Nonetheless, the rising rate of kidney disease means that some patients won’t get the transplant they’re waiting for. That shortage of organs has led to proposals to lift the prohibition on payment that has been part of U.S. organ donation law since 1984. But buying organs would be wrong. And aside from being wrong, it would also harm existing, voluntary donation programs and be ineffective in increasing the supply of organs. There are better ways to increase the number of organs donated than paying for donations.

 

In recent decades, thousands of organs have been bought from the destitute around the world, for transplantation into the social elite in their own countries or “transplant tourists” from other nations. This has tarnished the reputation of organ transplantation and led to poor medical outcomes. In all countries, it is the poor who sell organs as a way out of their financial straits — usually only temporarily...

 

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