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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...

 

Maharashtra bars foreigners from organ transplants

Times of IndiaThe Times of India | Dec 19, 2015
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NAGPUR: The state government has amended laws for organ donation and included grandparents and grandchildren in the list of donors. At the same time it has banned extraction of organs of minors and mentally challenged persons.

Announcing the changes in law, medical education minister Vinod Tawde said that now organs donated by Indian citizens can no longer be transplanted in bodies of foreigners. "Other than doctors now trained paramedical staff can also extract eyes from donors. The committee appointed to oversee such transplants under the Act have now been given judicial powers," he added.

The minister further said, "The Human Organ Transplant Act was passed by the central government in 1994 and it was implemented in the state in toto. In order to address challenges arising in the field, the central government amended the act in 2011. The state government decided to incorporate these amendments and also make some changes on its own." ...

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