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Highest-ever rate of family agreement to donate organs in 2015

Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post | January 29, 2016
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By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich 

Last year saw a record in the proportion of families of lower-brain-dead individuals who agreed to donate organs for transplant – 60 percent, according to Israel Transplant and the Health Ministry.

Of 129 families asked by hospital transplant coordinators for permission to take organs, 77 agreed to give one or more.

There were 433 transplant operations from deceased and live donors (174 kidneys; a 28% increase) in 2015. In addition to a variety of internal organs – hearts, livers, lungs, pancreases and kidneys – dozens of bone, tendon and heart valves were transplanted.

According to the latest figures, 668 corneas were donated by families, and 42 burns patients received donated skin from the deceased. As people registered as potential organ donors receive priority for receiving an organ, 32% of those who received organs from the deceased were moved ahead in the queue because they had donor cards from the ADI organization..

Kingpin of kidney racket held

the hinduThe Hindu | January 20, 2015

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By T. Karnakar Reddy

The episode looked a straight lift from the movies. The antagonist (Arun Vijay) in Entha vaadu gaani , the dubbed Telugu version of the Tamil hit Yennai Arindhaal — with Ajith Kumar in the lead — is an Ahmedabad-based smooth operator, who arranges human organs for money. The real episode that bore alarming resemblance to the film unfolded in Nalgonda, following the arrest of the kingpin in the kidney racket, Suresh Prajapathi (36), and two of his cronies, who facilitated 60 kidney transplantations.

Police arrested Prajapathi’s accomplice Dilip Umedamal Chouhan (31), who used to help conduct health tests on donors at various diagnostic centres in Ahmedabad. They also filed cases against six Sri Lankan doctors working with four different hospitals in Colombo on the charge of conducting paid kidney transplantation in violation of ethics. Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal told reporters on Tuesday that they arrested a native of Suryaraopet in Kakinada, Jenu Nookaraju (30), who was part of housekeeping staff in a private hotel at Gachibowli, based on phone calls received by Prajapathi in Hyderabad. Investigators realised that Prajapathi and Chouhan were coming to Hyderabad to meet Nookaraju and arrested them... [read the complete article here]

[See also another article in The Hindu 'Kidney racket: manager of diagnostic centre held' reporting the arrest of the manager of the diagnostic centre involved in this case.]

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...

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