Less than two months after the Powai police prevented an illegal kidney transplant at the Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, intended recipient Brijkishore Jaiswal died in Surat.
According to his friend Shahid Ansari, Jaiswal suffered breathlessness and constant vomiting earlier last week. On August 31, while being rushed to hospital, he died in the ambulance in Surat.
Jaiswal (48), a sari businessman, was slated to receive a kidney from Shobha Thakur (42), a domestic help from Anand, on July 14 this year. Thakur had posed as Jaiswal’s wife Rekha Devi on documents submitted to the hospital for approval of the transplant.
Jaiswal was first diagnosed with a kidney ailment last year and was on dialysis thrice a week until he decided to go for an illegal transplant.
He had said no one in his family was willing to donate their kidney for the transplant. Jaiswal then came in touch with an agent in Gujarat, who promised a donor in exchange for Rs 25 lakh.
Jaiswal was released on bail in August on medical grounds. He was on bed rest at his home since then. “But his condition worsened last month due to the mental pressure of the police case on top of his declining health,” Ansari said.
Jaiswal’s case blew the lid off the kidney racket at Hiranandani Hospital. Currently, three other cases are under the police’s scanner for illegal organ transplant.
According to Jaiswal’s domestic help, he had borrowed money on interest to pay for the transplant.
Vinanyak Deshmukh, zonal deputy commissioner of police, said that Jaiswal’s death would not affect the case.
“We have already recorded his statement, Jaiswal’s death will not affect the investigations in the case.”