MP: A land of kidney savers and sellers
Illegal kidney trade in the country recently came to light when a new and upscale hospital in Mumbai reported four cases of dubious organ transplant.
While the key player in the kidney racket, Bijendra Bisen who hails from Madhya Pradesh, got involved in the business after he suffered losses in other ventures, there are others in the state who are suffering from a kidney failure but still trying to save others’ kidneys and their lives.
Tripti Parkhe, 29, is a fighter from MP who has devoted her life to help dialysis patients when both her kidneys have stopped functioning.
Parkhe lost her parents eight years ago. In the same year, both her kidneys failed.
After the excruciating process of repeated dialysis, Tripti was advised by the doctors to go for a kidney transplant in 2009.
As she had no donor, Tripti’s had the option of Cadaver transplant in which an organ or a tissue is transplanted from a deceased — usually a related donor. In 2009, Tripti completed her diploma course as a dialysis technician to help other kidney patients.
In 2011, she applied for transplantation at Jaslok hospital. After a long wait, she received the call in 2016 but she has no money for the operation. The transplant was costing Rs 9 lakh.
Today, working at a private hospital in Bhopal with a monthly salary of Rs 10,000, she is helping other kidney patients fight the battle.
“I have no complaints as I am very satisfied that I help other patients here. Due to help from some doctors, I am able to get two free dialysis every week here. My only aim is to help other patients as long as I live because I won’t be able to make Rs 9 lakh for my transplantation any time soon,” Tripti says.
Hailing from the same land is 43-year-old Bisen who was arrested on Thursday from Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai.
Bisen, a native of Balaghat town, had been operating in the illegal organ trade of buying and selling kidneys in Mumbai since 2002. He initially tried to sell his own kidney, but his offer was rejected as he was a diabetic.
In 2007, the Mumbai crime branch arrested Bisen and four others where he confessed that the racket was spread across Chennai, Mumbai and Gujarat, and included recipients from the Gulf, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
After being release from jail, he returned to Balaghat and got engaged in sand mining. However, Bisen suffered a huge financial loss and went back to Mumbai to restart his illegal practice.
In July, Bisen confessed to having been involved in 30-35 kidney transplants in the last four years. He used to lure economically weaker people and persuaded them to sell their kidneys.