High Court directs PGI to speed up Tibetan’s kidney transplant

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed strong disapproval over the delay in the kidney transplant of Tibet National,Dolma Bhutti.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2012 2:17 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed strong disapproval over the delay in the kidney transplant of Tibet National,Dolma Bhutti. When a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding directions to PGI for immediate kidney transplant came up for hearing,the counsel for PGI sought time to “clarify” things. Taking strong exception to this,the Bench disapproved of the delay in the transplant. Directing the PGI counsel to take the matter at hand seriously,the Bench ordered that immediate steps be taken for Bhutti’s kidney transplant.

The Court adjourned the case to Friday for resumed hearing. Justice Mahesh Grover referred to a judgment delivered by a division bench of the High Court in 2008,which supports the kidney transplant of a foreign national without causing delay in obtaining certificates and clearance from the concerned governments.

On the last date of hearing on June 28,the High Court had directed the Himachal Pradesh government to submit a report on whether a Tibetan Buddhist monk’s offer to donate one of his kidneys to another Tibet national was genuine or an attempt to make money. This was after the UT had apprised the Court that it does not have an authorisation committee to ascertain the genuineness of the offer to donate a kidney.

The counsel for the Administration had stated that since the patient,Dolma Bhutti,resides in Himachal Pradesh,the state government should constitute an authorisation committee and submit its findings.

Twenty-one-year-old Bhuti had moved the Court seeking directions to PGI where she has been admitted,to immediately perform her kidney transplant surgery. On the last date of hearing,the hospital had stated that the surgery could not be performed until the Himachal government and the Tibet association gave their nod.

The Buddhist monk Nawang Choeden said that he decided to donate one of his kidneys on purely humanitarian grounds. “I found out about Dolma’s condition from an article which was fixed outside the temple wall. Realising the gravity of the situation,I contacted her in two days,” Nawang had said. He is a Buddhist monk-philosopher at Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Mandi district,Himachal Pradesh.

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