Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth, 60, was discharged from a private hospital on Friday and is to be flown to Singapore late in the night. The development has triggered speculation that he needs a kidney transplant to treat renal failure.
Unlike in India, organ transplant laws in Singapore recognise ‘emotional’ relationships, which means people who are not directly related to you can donate their organs. In India, only the patient’s spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter can donate.
Speculation about the Endhiran star’s renal failure started when he underwent "haemodialysis and ultra filteration" to remove "fluid overload" from his body at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital, where he was admitted on May 13.
Haemodylasis is a method to remove water and waste products such as creatinine and urea from the blood when the kidneys undergo in renal failure. The other two options for treating kidney failure are kidney transplant and peritoneal dialysis.
Rajinikanth would be accompanied by a panel of doctors, his wife Latha, daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya, and son-in-law actor Danush.
Latha in a statement told agitated fans — many of whom shaved their heads in prayer for the superstar’s health — he was being taken for rejuvenation and there was no cause for concern.
Aishwarya told a television channel, “He is being taken to Singapore for fluid collection in his body and rejuvenation. We want him to recoup.”
The actor suffered from exhaustion on April 29, the first day of the shoot of his film Raana and was admitted to the Isabel Hospital. He was discharged the same day but was readmitted on May 4 after he developed allergic bronchitis and viral fever.
Rajinikanth is expected to be admitted to Singapore’s National Kidney Foundation, a charitable organisation that provides dialysis treatment and rehabilitative care for kidney failure.