The state health department on Tuesday asked the Powai police station to take Shobha Thakur — the would-be kidney donor in an illegal transplant that was halted at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital last week — to JJ Hospital to find out whether one of her kidneys had been removed.
Thakur had posed as the wife of Surat businessman Brijkishore Jaiswal, 48, using forged documents, according to which they were a married couple from Malabar Hill.
She will undergo tests at JJ Hospital on Wednesday.
“She (Thakur) has stitches on her lower abdomen and we need to check whether doctors at Hiranandani hospital removed one of her kidneys,” said Dr Gauri Rathod, nodal officer for the state’s human organ transplant programme. Dr Rathod added that the state’s health department has asked the police to get an ultrasound and CT scan done on Thakur at JJ Hospital.
However, Dr Sujit Chatterjee, chief operating officer, Hiranandani Hospitals, told HT that the hospital has documentary evidence to prove that a kidney was not removed from Thakur.
“The operation was stopped as soon as the police told us that they had doubts about the veracity of the information given to us by the patient,” he said.
He added that Thakur will be brought back to Hiranandani hospital on Wednesday after she undergoes the tests at JJ Hospital.
“State officials have as asked us if we could postpone Thakur’s discharge until her stitches are removed. However, Jaiswal who is on dialysis, will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow (Wednesday),” he said.
Dr Rathod, who interviewed Thakur on Monday with Dr Sujata Pathwardhan, a member of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, said, “The donor told us that she was paid Rs5,000 upfront and was promised Rs2 lakh more once the transplant was completed.” She added, “She kept saying that she has no clothes here and wants to go back home. We have asked the police to facilitate her rehabilitation.”