the Tamil Nadu government announced a series of measures to "streamline" the implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. The vast majority of doctors, academics and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are concerned with the issue in the State, however, are of the opinion that the measures will "steam-roller rather than streamline" the implementation of the Act.
When Kannambal was declared `brain dead' after a two-wheeler accident, her daughter, Chitra Bharathi, despite the suddenness and shock of the event, decided that her mother's organs be harvested, so that they could be used to give life to others. Her father, M. Chandrasekaran, a retired PWD chief
The city police have announced that they unearthed a major racket in organ transplants following the arrest of a `broker' in Mylapore. Kidneys were being promised on payment of sums ranging between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs.75,000. A hunt is on for two more persons.
ON January 21, 16-year-old Thyagarajan, who suffered ventricular haemorrhage, was declared brain dead at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. But his organs live on in six men. Just the previous day, 26-year-old Manikandan's organs had saved the lives of five people. Recently, two-year-old Moses, upon his death, gave a fresh lease of life to three people.
Over the past couple of days, two cases of organ transplantation following `brain death' have been recorded. The two donors were of different ages, came from different backgrounds, were admitted in different hospitals and their organs went to different people.
The chances for kidney donors developing health problems directly due to the organ donation are minimal, doctors said today, allaying the fears of renal patients at a patient support programme of Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN).