Last week, V Sasikala, former aide to the late Jayalalithaa was released on a five-day parole from a Bengaluru jail to meet her ailing husband, M Natarajan, who underwent a dual organ transplant - for his kidney and the liver.There is now controversy over the process by which Natarajan received said organs. The donor in question is a young daily wage laborer, 19-year-old N Karthik. He used to put up banners of political parties in his village to earn a daily wage. According to a friend, he said of Karthik, “Karthik used to get Rs 50 for a banner, and on some days, could earn up to Rs 500. But mostly, he was jobless”.
Visuals of Central Jail in Bengaluru where Sasikala is lodged pic.twitter.com/ziFpDP3Yg8— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2017
Officials at the Gleneagles Global Health City Hospital, where Natarajan is being treated denied any irregularities saying in part, “Against medical advice, the family decided to move him to a private hospital for second opinion and specialised care. The family chose to transfer him to Glenegales Global Hospitals in Chennai for further specialised care. The patient was seen by neurological and trauma team and provided further treatment at the centre." The controversy is focused on whether Natarajan, given his VIP status, was able to jump the queue on the organ donation list. One senior professor at a government medical college raised the question of how a daily wage laborer’s parents could afford the cost for their son to be airlifted and whether there were any irregularities with regard to the waiting list at the Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu. Later reports counter this narrative as family members stated that he was transferred by road in an ambulance to Chennai. The family was, according the medical officials, informed of the option to harvest his organs for donations. The BJP’s Tamil Nadu president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded a probe into the process of how Natarajan was able to get an organ transplant relatively quickly. She alleged that there were several violations and rules were flouted.— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2017
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