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Kidney trade arrest exposes loopholes in India's transplant laws

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:246
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Police have arrested a senior surgeon in Mumbai (Bombay) for his alleged role in facilitating trade in human kidneys.

    The arrest has exposed a loophole in India's decade old organ transplantation act. Doctors say that the act is not strict enough to stop unrelated living donors pretending that they are a friend or relative of the recipient and are giving a kidney for emotional rather than financial reasons.

    Detectives arrested Dr Suresh Trivedi, a nephrologist at the Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre, last week after claiming to have established links between him and agents who recruited kidney donors for his patients.

    Police said …

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