A day after the Bombay high court ruled that a girl from Chattisgarh did not need a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the state government to donate her kidney to her brother, doctors said that different hospitals follow different norms on organ donations by blood relatives.
“Presently we need NOC from the state of origin for those who are not domicile in Maharashtra. This can lead to delays. It sometimes takes more than two to three weeks to get the NOC. Any delay means the cost of the process goes up,” said Dr Shrirang Bichu, nephrologist, Bombay Hospital.
Dr Bharat Shah, nephrologist, Lilavati Hospital, said that his hospital did not ask for an NOC. “As per the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994, the live related donor and recipient from other state do not require NOC. The confusion is between hospital committees,” he said.
Patients sometimes also face problems while producing documents for confirming their relationship and identity. Normally, HLA typing, a test to match body tissue, is used to determine the relationship between the donor and recipient. Sometimes among siblings there is no match even though they have same parentage. In such cases, they have to undergo DNA finger printing, said doctors. DNA fingerprinting is done only in a Hyderabad laboratory and could delay the transplant process.