Open kidney sale in Kerala
Open kidney sale in Kerala

Open kidney sale in Kerala


Kozhikode: Organ sale happens in Kerala challenging the existing laws. Sale of kidney is done on a massive scale in a place which has become a role model for the country for organ transplantation. Advertisements for organs are spreading through traditional and social media violating the court orders. Though organ sale is illegal, one should pay a minimum of Rs 6 lakh for a kidney. Many people also get cheated after paying money. Open sale The High Court prohibited giving ads seeking organs in November 2017 as it increases opportunities for sale. But, ads are still seen in many newspapers. Two ads seeking ‘O positive’ kidney appeared in a Malayalam daily on July 18, 2018. When we contacted the given number, a lady who seemed to be a mediator, said that the kidney was for her 43-year-old relative and Rs 7 lakh will be paid a day before the surgery. She also said that the money will be paid in cash and there won’t be any documents. When inquired about the legal implications, she explained that such investigations haven’t been done so far. She promised that many youngsters have donated kidneys and she will arrange a meeting with one of them if we come in person. Organ sale racket A Thrissur native, who leads a pathetic life with his wife and two children, all affected with kidney ailments, registered at the government agency named ‘Mrithasanjeevani’ for obtaining kidney for his younger son. He was put in the waiting list of receivers at the 87th position. Even now, he has come only to 82nd position. He approached an agent, a native of Aroor in Alappuzha, a few months back. The agent reached a hospital in Ernakulam with a healthy young man, conducted medical tests and left after receiving Rs 75000 as advance. Then, they went missing. He said that the mediator says excuses when contacted. The same agent had sought Rs 15 lakh for a kidney. He said that even relatives are not willing to give kidneys and those who come forward are financially backward. This person who have worked as a medical representative and also an attender at a famous hospital is working as agent in this field for 7 years. Mrithasanjeevani 'Mrithasanjeevani' had announced that they will facilitate organ transplantation from living and dead persons in February. But, the criteria in the government order is thrown to the winds. Though the government handed over the computer program for finding donors to the National Informatics Centre, it is still incomplete The decision regarding the agency that will provide lifetime medical support to the organ donor is still pending Decision regarding the utilization of Rs 2 lakh that will be paid by the receiver for ensuring the health of the donor remain unclear



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