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CEO, four doctors of Hiranandani hospital arrested in kidney transplant case

Hindustan TimesHindustan Times | August 10, 2016

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 Five doctors, including the CEO and the medical director of Dr LH Hiranandani hospital in Mumbai, were arrested late on Tuesday night in connection with an alleged attempt for an illegal kidney transplant, believed to be part of a bigger racket.

Mumbai police investigating the case from last month apprehended CEO Sujeet Chaterjee, medical director Anurag Naik, and doctors Mukesh Shete, Mukesh Shah and Prakash Shetty for medical negligence, taking the total arrests up to 13.

“Based on the report of appropriate authority today at 8:30pm, the Powai Police arrested the five doctors under section 12 and 21 of the transplantation of human organs act 1994,” said Ashok Dudhe, deputy commissioner of police and spokesperson for Mumbai Police. The accused will be produced before the Andheri magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

According to a Powai police official, the arrest was based on a three-member state health inquiry committee report that stated a nephrologist and two urologists were negligent on multiple counts.

Explaining the roles of the doctors, the official said, “They did not verify the documents thoroughly due to which their negligence has occurred. They should not have gone ahead with the surgery till they had satisfactory information that the donor and receipent are related. However, they have had a casual attitude and have not performed their duties properly.”...

 

Australians turn to black market to save their lives

News AustraliaNews Corp Australia Network | August 7, 2016
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By Sue Dunlevy

A three-year News Corp investigation has uncovered almost a hundred Australians who have illegally purchased an organ overseas, fearing they would otherwise die waiting here for a legal transplant.

The unregulated trade is seeing prisoners shot on demand to supply human organs and poor people forced by debt collectors to sell their kidneys for as little as $1000.

Doctors involved in the trade are charging up to $250,000 per transplant with anaesthetists, nurses, bureaucrats and brokers who source the organ all getting a cut.

But patients often develop major complications and require expensive follow-up treatment when they return to Australia...

Human trafficking leads to organ trade in NTT

Jakarta PostThe Jakarta Post | August 1, 2016
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Saturday he had instructed the National Police to send a special team to investigate rampant human trafficking leading to organ trading in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). 
The President gave the instruction to National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian after receiving reports of 27 people who had been trafficked to Malaysia and had had their organs taken from their bodies. One of the victims, Yufrida Selan, 14, was sent home dead with her internal organs cut out of her body and stitches along her spine, indicating that her body had been cut open for the procedure. 
“I’ve asked the National Police chief to pay special attention to this human trafficking case as it involves the organ trade and there were 27 victims,” Jokowi said as quoted by tribunnews.com. 
Fendy Mugni, a committee member of Pospera, a group of NTT Jokowi supporters during the 2014 presidential election, said that Yufrida’s parents planned to meet Jokowi but the meeting did not happen due to the President’s tight schedule. 
Jokowi also instructed the police to work with the military to resolve the case.

New law bans for-profit organ trade

Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post | Jul 1, 2016

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By B. Sengkong and E. Handley

The National Assembly yesterday adopted a law banning commercial organ transplants in a bid to curb trafficking in the so-called “red market” trade, introducing heavy jail sentences for breaches.

The law, which also covers human cells and tissues, stipulates that any donation of human parts must be undertaken on a humanitarian basis – commercial motives and advertising such services are forbidden and carry jail sentences of up to 20 years.

The legislation’s passage comes two years after a seminal case of organ trafficking in the Kingdom in which Mot Hiriphin was convinced by a cousin that he could sell a kidney to pay off crippling family debt.

Hiriphin travelled to a Thailand hospital for surgery and received $4,200 for his kidney.

But lawmakers and law-enforcers yesterday acknowledged a “grey area” that would be difficult to regulate, in which poverty compels victims to give their organs to someone who – while not paying cash for the organ – might provide for the victim in other ways...

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