Finally,Tibetan Dolma Bhutti can have kidney transplant

Finally,there is good news for Tibetan national Dolma Bhutti.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:July 21, 2012 1:42 am

Finally,there is good news for Tibetan national Dolma Bhutti. After a struggle for several months,her kidney transplant will be conducted. For,PGI and the Himachal Pradesh government have given their go ahead and no objection certificate (NOC) for the kidney transplant of Dolma Bhutti.

This was informed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the counsel for PGI during the resumed hearing today of a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to PGI and the Himachal Pradesh government to perform the transplant. Recording the statement,Justice Mahesh Grover directed PGI to perform the surgery without delay,keeping in view the fitness of the Tibetan national.

Dolma and Nawang Choeden,the Buddhist monk who wants to donate one of his kidneys to Dolma,have been asked to appear before a panel of doctors at PGI on Monday July 23. After examining the health of the patient and the donor,the doctors will give the dates for surgery.

If Dolma’s condition demands immediate surgery,the doctors will do so. Otherwise,they will perform the kidney transplant as per normal course.

Twenty-one-year-old Dolma Bhuti,ailing from renal failure,had moved the court seeking directions to PGI,where she has been admitted,to immediately perform her kidney transplant surgery. On the other hand,the hospital authorities had stated that the surgery could not be performed till the Himachal Pradesh government and Tibet Association gave their nod.

On the other hand,the Buddhist monk Nawang Choeden had offered to donate one of his kidneys on purely humanitarian grounds to save Dolma’s life. The UT Administration had apprised the Court that it does not have an authorisation committee to ascertain the genuineness of the offer to donate a kidney. The High Court had also directed the Himachal Pradesh government to submit a report on whether the monk’s offer to donate one of his kidneys was genuine or an attempt to make money.

The High Court,on the last date of hearing,had directed PGI to immediately take a decision in this regard. Both PGI and the Himachal Pradesh government gave their nod for the kidney transplant today,following which the High Court disposed of the petition.

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