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Iraq envoy accuses Isil of harvesting organs

Telegraph IraqThe Telegraph | February 18, 2015

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Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations asked the Security Council on Tuesday to look at allegations that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is using organ harvesting as a way to finance its operations.

Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions and missing kidneys or other body parts have been found in shallow mass graves.

"We have bodies. Come and examine them," he said. "It is clear they are missing certain parts."

He also said a dozen doctors had been "executed" in Mosul for refusing to participate in organ harvesting.

Mr Alhakim briefed the council on the overall situation in Iraq and accused Isil of "crimes of genocide" in targeting certain ethnic groups...


6-year-old boy becomes first cadaver donor in state

Times of IndiaThe Times of India | Feb 8, 2015

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JAIPUR: At a tender age of 6, a boy from rural area of the state scripted history. He became the first cadaver donor (organs from brain dead people donated to other patients) in the state. His vital organs - liver and kidney were harvested in Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Jaipur, where he was undergoing treatment for an injury he suffered on January 30. Before he died, he saved lives of persons who could survive only by liver and kidney transplant.

While the kidney transplant was done at a private hospital in Jaipur, the liver was ferried through a green corridor created between Jaipur and Delhi and the organ was donated to a youth in Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)...


Transplants: Indians to get preference over foreigners

Times of India Jan2015The Times of India | January 28, 2015

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By Sushmi Dey

NEW DELHI: Lakhs of foreigners thronging India every year seeking organ transplantation may find it more difficult now. In an attempt to step up safeguards against misuse, the government has mandated that allocation of organs be made in a specified sequence giving preference to Indians over foreigners.

However, the medical fraternity has opposed the move alleging this will force doctors to differentiate between patients based on region and nationality, which is a violation of the Medical Council of India (MCI) Act...

Dr Jeremy Chapman receives Australia Day honour

JRC at SMHSydney Morning Herald | January 26, 2015

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By Rose Powell

If Jeremy Chapman had scored only a few marks lower in his final high school exams, the world would have lost an internationally acclaimed doctor who has saved thousands of lives. Because before dedicating his life to kidney transplantation and ethical organ donation advocacy, he was ready to spend his years as a fruit farmer.

"I would have enjoyed farming, but I've loved medicine. All research betters outcomes for the human race, but medicine is the most direct way that science improves the lives of people," Dr Chapman said.

Dr Chapman, now the director of medicine and cancer at Westmead Hospital, has been recognised by the government for his contribution to medicine.

He has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia to honour his pioneering work developing practices about organ donations and transplants.

Originally from England, the now 60-year-old doctor moved to Australia in 1987. He told Fairfax Media he was drawn to the niche field of kidney transplants because of the promise of the emerging field...

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