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2 Things you must know about LIVER TRANSPLANT in India

June 10, 2019

Few Days back I got a call from Tunisian Lady asking that my husband is suffering from liver cirrhosis and need urgently transplant. But my blood group is not matching and other family members are not eager to donate their organ. I can’t see my husband to die day by day. Her pain and grief was visible in her voice. I exchange my sympathy and asked her to convince her family member that it is very safe surgery in India and except a scar there is nothing to worry. In India, we are doing dozen of liver transplants on daily basis in different hospitals and with great success rate. There is no life threatening situation for the donors. We talked each other almost 15 minutes and the last thing she asked me was “Can we buy liver in India?” I smiled by heart in spite of worried for her husband and replied emphatically “NO”.

Let me described you two very import things you must have to know regarding liver transplant in India. One is a living donor for liver transplant must be a nearby relative characterized as a ‘close relative’ in the THO Act. This is characterized as life partner, guardians, kin, grandparents, and children of the patients. The rule is donor should be either from linage of father side or mother side. The entire close relative can be a donor till he/she is medically fit and fulfil the India law. SOLID BODY ORGAN LIKE LIVER/ KIDNEY IS ILLEGAL TO SALE OR BUY IN INDIA. According to Indian penal code, if anybody offers you to buy liver or kidney and you accept it then both the parties will face the legal action. So don’t trust such agency or organization may be you will lose your money and land in jail.

Second thing you can get a cadaveric donor in India. A cadaver donor is a person who donates his or her body organ after death for scientific research work and discovery, or for organ transplants. The main problem of cadaveric donor is a long waiting time. Cadaveric organ is not frequently available that’s why patients are decided on the basis of “first come first served”. You have to know that Indians and foreigner are equal to get a cadaver organ under this system but the list is really long many patients have to wait several months or even a year. If you have any question regarding liver transplant please ask us.

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