Kidney racket: 10% of trans­plant ap­pli­ca­tions in state are re­jected

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aayushi Pratap aayushi.pratap@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Of the 440 ap­pli­ca­tions for kidney trans­plants that were re­ceived in Ma­ha­rash­tra in the past three years, 35 were re­jected be­cause of sus­pi­cion the donor was sell­ing the kidney.

The State Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Com­mit­tee (SAC), which is re­quired to in­ves­ti­gate and au­tho­rise ap­pli­ca­tions for a trans­plant, re­jects an av­er­age of 10% of the 150 cases it gets an­nu­ally. The SAC approves trans­plants in which a donor and the re­cip­i­ent are ei­ther dis­tant rel­a­tives or ac­quain­tances.Other cases, in which the donor is the pa­tient’s blood rel­a­tive or spouse, are ap­proved by a com­mit­tee at the hos­pi­tal level.

Dr Pravin Shin­gare, di­rec­tor, Directorate of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search, who is one of the five mem­bers in the SAC, said fac­tual in­con­sis­ten­cies in the an­swers given by the donor and the re­cip­i­ent are usu­ally the rea­son why ap­pli­ca­tions are re­jected.

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