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Qatar passes law on organ donation

Doha NewsDoha News | Aug 20, 2015
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By Victoria Scott

Qatar’s Emir has signed into law new legislation that reinforces the country’s commitment to expanding its organ donation program, giving doctors, patients and donors a legal framework to work within.

The new law lays out the conditions under which organ donation is legal in Qatar, specifying that is must be urgent and that doctors must have exhausted all other treatment options, according to the Peninsula.

The law also states that children and individuals of unsound mind are not allowed to make a donation – even if their guardians want to give consent.

And it details tough penalties for those found to be trading in human organs, with those convicted of the offense facing a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to QR1 million.

Other articles in the law specify that a donor can change his or her mind at any time without giving a reason, and that organs can only be removed from the deceased with permission from their legal heirs, suggesting that families of registered organ donors would be able to go against their relative’s wishes if they wanted to do so...

China's black market for organ donations

BBC newsBBC News | Aug 11, 2015
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By Martin Patience

It is the unimaginable decision that no mother should ever have to make: choosing which of her sons might live or die.

That was the choice Lian Ronghua, 51, faced earlier this year.

Both her sons were suffering from uraemia - a condition that leads to kidney failure. But only one of them could receive their mother's organ. Their father suffers from high blood pressure and could not donate.

In the family's small rented apartment, Ms Lian struggles to talk about that time.

"I don't know why both my sons are ill," she told me, tears streaming down her face.

In the end, the decision was taken for her. Her eldest son, Li Haiqing, 26, decided his 24-year-old younger brother, Haisong, should get their mother's transplant.

"I wanted to give my brother the kidney as he's younger and has a better chance of recovery," said Haiqing, who was forced to give up his medical studies because of his illness.

"Of course I hope I get a kidney before it's too late. But if I don't, I'll just need to keep on doing dialysis."

But his chances of getting a transplant are slim - China suffers from a huge organ shortage.

For years it harvested the organs of executed prisoners to help meet demand.

Following international condemnation, Beijing says it ended the practice at the start of this year - although officials admit it will be tough to ensure compliance.

Now the government says it will only rely on public donations...

Trading in body parts

the hinduThe Hindu | August 9, 2015

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By K. V. Aditya Bharadwaj

Illegal organ donation rackets are not uncommon in India. But the latest one unearthed in Karnataka last month has exposed how the trade has flourished unabated in a systematic manner and has direct connections with private hospitals and even the State Authorisation Committee, a body that is meant to weed out illegal organ transplants.

The epicentre of the racket is the unassuming dusty town of Magadi, 55 km from Bengaluru, and known to many people in Bangalore as only a pit stop on the way to Mysuru. In the illegal organ trade, Magadi seems to have become an organ market. Three rackets have been busted here in the last eight years and, shockingly, it is the same gang all three times. The touts were arrested each time and let off.

However, while earlier probes ended with the touts, the latest racket has for the first time led to the arrests of employees of a leading private hospital chain and members of the State Authorisation Committee for organ transplants...

State’s adoption of organ donation rules welcomed

Times of IndiaThe Times of India | August 6, 2015

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By Snehlata Shrivasta

NAGHPUR: Organ donation activists have stated the adoption of 'Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Rules 2014' (THOTR) of Central government by the state government has come at a very appropriate time, especially for Nagpur, where cadaver donation has picked up (12 in last two years) very well in past two years. It will hasten the process of declaration of brain death in a patient, retrieval of organs and transplanting it in the recipient.

Speaking to TOI on the eve of the National Organ Donation day on Thursday Dr Ravi Wankhede, in-charge of MOHAN foundation that works for promotion of organ donation in city and region, said the rules will now make the entire donation and transplantation process simpler...

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