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Kidney scam: Nephrologist held for illegal transplantation

Kidney scam: Nephrologist held for illegal transplantation

Vishakhapatnam: A Nephrologist along with an Ayurveda practitioner have been arrested by the local police for allegedly being involved in illegal kidney transplantation.

The matter came into light after a 32-year-old, Pardhasaradhi, a resident of Kukatapalli in Hyderabad, came across an online advertisement for kidney donors. As he was going through financial crunches he decided to sell his organ through an agent.

The agent, from Bengaluru, brought him in contact with a broker, a 34-year-old Ayurveda degree holder from Bengaluru, who further connected him with a nephrologist from one Sraddha Hospital to perform the medical procedure.

The broker, who allegedly had a tie-up with the hospital, set up a deal between the donor and the nephrologist. The donor was allegedly promised that he will be given Rs 12 lakh for donating a kidney to a patient.

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To facilitate the transplantation of the kidney, a fake Aadhar ID of the donor was created where his name was changed to disguise him as a brother of the kidney recipient.

After the transplantation procedure was performed, he was allegedly paid Rs 5 lakh instead of the promised amount of Rs 12 lakh.

The donor, after realizing that he was cheated, approached the approached Maharani police and registered a complaint in this regard. The complaint was filed under Sections 18 and 19 of Andhra Pradesh Transplantation of Human Organs Act followed by a police investigation.

The Commissioner of Police Mahesh Chandra Laddha informed the New Indian Express, “They struck a deal for Rs23 lakh — Rs12 lakh payable to the donor and Rs 11 lakh to the doctor. After this, the donor went to Benguluru to undergo blood tests. After transplantation process was carried out at Sradhha Hospital on July 17, 2018, Pardhasaradhi was paid only Rs 5 lakh.”

The police investigation revealed that Sraddha Hospital performed 10-12 kidney transplants in 2017.

“We are verifying whether all the previous transplants were done legally or not. In another 2-3 days, we will gather all the details and take action against the hospital management and all those involved in the illegal organ transplantation,” Laddha added.

Source: with inputs
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  1. If the doctor had not taken any money except his genuine fees, he would not be faulted but accepting 11 lakhs show he is not honest. If we expect others to be honest we must set an example

  2. So, basically, this person was ready to sell his kidney ILLEGALLY, but the problem arose when he was scammed out of, what he thought, was money that was rightfully his. He expected honesty from dishonest people in a dishonest network of medical professionals, of which he was also a contributory factor?

  3. You said fake aadhar. I don\’t know how the doctor can verify all these things. Whose responsibility to verify that the donor is real or fake relative. If it is true why doctor alone? What about the other facilitators like office staff, hospital management, persons who issued fake documents etc. Blaming everything on doctors has become fashion to media.

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    Dr.Vatsala Trivedi May 10, 2019, 3:23 pm

    As deceased donor organ transplantation is not logistically implented in the country this kind of illegal activities r bound to happen.

  5. That too has become issue in Simhapuri hospital in AP. The donor attendants filed case against doctors. It is better to stop transplantation program unless certified by district magistrate or judge. It is better to save our skin first rather than saving the patients life.