A 54-year-old man in an advanced stage of chronic renal failure has approached the Bombay high court seeking permission to accept a kidney from a donor who is not related to him.
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act allows only near relatives to act as donors. Section 2 of the act defines those who qualify as near relatives.
However, section 9 of the act states that in case a person who is not related to the patient wishes to become a donor, an application should be made to the authorisation committee of the local area, which will then take a case-by-case decision.
The petitioner, Vilas Kalbhor, needs to undergo dialysis every alternate day. His friend of 15 years, Sanjay Bange, offered to donate one of his kidneys to Kalbhor, but was denied permission.
Kalbhor pleaded that even though the necessary documentation was processed and forwarded to the Authorisation Committee and dean of BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, the committee informed him that they had stopped accepting requests for kidney transplantation from unrelated donors.
The petition stated that Kalbhor has been undergoing treatment for the last one-and-a-half years in a recognised hospital. However, because of the decision by the committee, he was being denied the fundamental right to life.
He said that very few hospitals in the state are registered and recognised to conduct organ transplants.
Kalbhor has urged the court to direct the committee to allow him to receive a kidney from an unrelated donor. The case will come up for hearing on Monday.