While Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was discharged from AIIMS in Delhi today after a successful unrelated kidney transplant, a 51-year-old Mumbaikar with end-stage kidney disease has approached Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking permission for unrelated kidney transplant.
During winter session at Nagpur, noted lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, along with BJP leader Shaina NC, met Fadnavis requesting his intervention in permitting an unrelated kidney transplant for the woman.
“She had approached our NGO Giants Internationals, which had recently undertaken organ donation drive. She is a single parent to a minor and suffered kidney failure 11 years ago. Since then, she has been undergoing dialysis thrice a week,” said Shaina.
She added that while she urgently needs a kidney transplant, she faced difficulty in getting a donor in her family.
“One close relative offered to donate his kidney, but unfortunately it did not match. She finally found a ready and willing unrelated donor, a close family associate, but due to stringent laws of organ donation, she failed to get necessary approvals from government to save her life. Her request to the Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) was rejected,” said Shaina.
She is being treatment at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, under nephrologist Dr MM Bahadur.
“She has been under my care since 4 to 5 months. She urgently requires a kidney transplant. Since there is no one in her family who can donate, request for unrelated kidney transplant has been forwarded to DMER,” said Bahadur.
Shaina and Akhtar have also met State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan and his department officials who went into details of the merit of the case.
Medical education department has appointed a special committee to look into the case.
“Akhtar and Shaina had met us. Our special committee will interview her and donor. A report will be submitted to chief minister for approval,” said Mahajan.
Around 1,50,000 people in India are awaiting a kidney transplant, however only 3,000 are able to receive a transplant, which means only 1 out of 30 are able to get a transplant and 90% of people in waiting list die without getting the organ.