Chennai docs confident of saving Andhra girl with liver ailment

  • KV Lakshmana, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 21:01 IST
Ramanappa and Saraswati, agricultural labourers from a village in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittor district, have approached a court to allow them to kill their 8-month-old daughter because they cannot afford a medical procedure needed for the child. (HT Photo)

Doctors at a Chennai hospital are confident of saving an eight-month old girl with a liver disease whose impoverished parents asked for court permission last week to kill their daughter because they didn’t have the funds for her treatment.

Authorities at Chennai’s Global Hospital promised on Monday to carry out an expensive liver transplant operation on Gnana Sai, the daughter of agricultural labourers from Andhra Pradesh.

“The parents of the girl approached our hospital and we were moved by their plight,” said Dr K Ravindranath, chairman of the group. “We are ready at the Global Hospitals to carry out the liver transplant operation without putting financial burden on the family in any way.”

The hospital will examine the two liver donors – the girl’s parents – and carry out the operation on Wednesday, a source said.

Read: Andhra parents seek mercy killing for 8-month-old with liver ailment

Rela said the operation will be straight forward and that Gnana Sai will become better. “She will have over 95% chances of surviving a liver transplant operation and leading a normal life like any other normal kid.”

The cost of the operation is being borne by the Andhra Pradesh government and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has agreed to support the hospital in any way for conducting the operation.

The parents, Ramanappa and Saraswati from RS Kothapalli village of Chittoor district, hit the headlines after approaching a local court asking for their daughter to be euthanized.

They said they spent Rs 5 lakh on the treatment of their child, suffering from a congenital liver disease. The couple said they couldn’t afford the transplant – which the girl needed to stay alive -- that cost Rs 30 lakh.

The girl was treated at a Bangalore hospital for five months but the results were negative. Doctors had recommended a liver transplant within two months.

The father earlier said he was ready to donate his liver to his daughter but added he didn’t have the `30 lakh needed for the operation. With no possibility of saving his daughter in sight, he sought permission from the court for killing his daughter through passive euthanasia.

After the local media highlighted the labourer couple’s plight, it was brought to the notice of Naidu by a local MLA, who also assured all help. A private secretary to the health secretary accompanied the couple to the Chennai hospital to facilitate the treatment.

The hospital too, on its part, responded to the situation with swiftness and agreed to admit its “youngest liver transplant patient ever”. For the record, a six-month-old girl child was the youngest liver transplant patient in Chennai.

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