‘Maharashtra government to come up with mechanism for organ retrieval, donation’mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 09:05 IST
The problem has arisen in view of provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, which permits retrieval of body organs only at hospitals registered under the law. (FILE)
The Maharashtra government on Monday assured the Bombay high court that it will come up with a mechanism to ensure vital organs of dying persons are retrieved and used to save lives of the needy, and offers of donating vital organs will not be turned down.
Government pleader Purnima Kantharia told a division bench of justice Naresh Patil and justice Nitin Sambre that a high-level meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, wherein a solution to the problem of retrieving vital organs at unregistered hospital is expected to be found.
Kantharia was responding to a petition filed by a 71-year-old who wished to donate his vital organs, but could not do so as organ retrieval was not allowed at the hospital where he was admitted at the time of filing of the complaint. Swapnil Raut was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital at Powai in critical condition last year. He died on August 9 – the day he filed the petition.
His death prompted another division bench to revive the cause underlying the petition, as it highlighted how important it was to have a mechanism to deal with such emergencies, especially because though the petitioner had expressed willingness to donate his vital organs, it could not be retrieved. “His vital organs could have and should have been used and utilised for needy patients,” the earlier bench had said.
The bench said the state must find a solution for willing donors. The problem has arisen in view of provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, which permits retrieval of body organs only at hospitals registered under the law.
Kantharia had said the government authorities had suggested the petitioner to shift to a registered hospital if he wished to donate his vital body parts, but he could not. This prompted the judges to point out that nobody can predict when such emergency situations may arise and therefore some resolution of non-retrieval at unregistered hospital must be found.