In what could mean further trouble for Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) is probing two more alleged illegal kidney transplants conducted here this year. In one case, the recipient passed away a fortnight after the surgery.
Medical documents submitted by the Powai police to DHS show that Ramilaben Sureshbhai Kathiriya (36) was donated a kidney by a donor from Gujarat, who posed as her sister Harshaben Bharatbhai Kevadiya (42) in May this year. The report by hospital’s local authorisation committee has a remark by its medical director Dr Anurag Naik that the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) of the donor and the recipient are not compatible.
The hospital went ahead with the kidney transplant, and about a fortnight later, Kathiriya died due to reported renal complications.
An HLA matching is done prior to a kidney transplant to ensure that the organ of donor is compatible with the recipient. If it is not, the recipient’s body may generate antibodies that attack the donor kidney. According to experts, while kidney transplants where HLA is not compatible are performed, such transplants are rare as they pose a threat to the recipient.
In Mumbai, Jaslok and Global Hospital are known to conduct such surgeries. “In such transplants, we reduce the amount of antibodies. This process is called de-sensitisation,” said urologist Dr Bharat Shah, who has performed such surgeries.
The second case under the DHS scanner is of a March transplant, in which Dimple Manak Himraamka (37) was donated a kidney by Sunder Kumar Kunjvihari Roongta (30), shown as his brother in the documents.
While Sunder’s actual age is 23, his age and name were changed in the documents submitted to the hospital. Sunder’s address was shown in Bhayander, Kathiriya’s in Bandra.
According to documents, the nephrologist and urologist in both the cases were Dr Mukesh Shete and Dr Mukesh Shah. Shete and Shah, along with the hospital’s medical director Naik, hospital CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee and urologist Dr Prakash Shetty were granted bail on Thursday by an Andheri court.
“We will call the hospital administration, the donor and the recipient in both the cases for questioning. It will be highlighted to the police that the HLA in one case was not compatible,” a senior health official told The Indian Express.