Karnataka farmer gets HC relief for kidney transplant

A farmer from Mandya district, who had moved the High Court seeking directions to the health and family welfare department to grant permission for kidney transplantation, got relief.

Published: 18th April 2018 03:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2018 03:42 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A farmer from a village in Maddur taluk of Mandya district, who had moved the High Court seeking directions to the health and family welfare department to grant permission for kidney transplantation, got relief on Tuesday. Justice Raghvendra S Chauhan disposed of D K Ravikumar's plea after the health department passed the order granting permission for kidney transplantation.

The order came after the court sought a quick response from the health department. The appellate authority under the health department had rejected the application of D K Ravikumar (46) on the ground that he had failed to establish the relationship between the donor and donee and there was a possibility of commercial motive between them. Therefore, Ravikumar moved the high court.

In the proceedings placed before court on Tuesday, the Appellate Authority stated that the donor Girijamma submitted that they were nervous and did not have the knowledge and courage to give prompt replies to the members of authorisation committee. Now, Girijamma and her daughter submitted that no financial transaction is involved in the proposed donation, and the same is arising out of only love and compassion towards Ravikumar. Therefore, the application for donation and transplantation of one kidney is approved, it said.

Relative volunteered to donate organ

Ravikumar is a native of Doddarasinakere village in Maddur taluk of Mandya district, and father of two daughters, aged 12 and 9. He was afflicted with dengue in 2013 and suffered from hypertension. The medication given for dengue treatment resulted in both the kidneys failing. Doctors had advised him to get a renal transplant.

The petitioner's wife was suffering from thyroid problems and their blood groups did not match, but his relatives were willing to donate a kidney. So, Ravikumar approached S C Girija, who volunteered to donate a kidney. Accordingly, their family relationship was certified by the authorities.
Both the donee and donor moved the court challenging the order dated January 30, 2018 rejecting their application, wherein the donor had sought permission to donate one of her kidneys.

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