Inter-religious kidney transplant: Skims didn’t inform donor

Inter-religious kidney transplant: Skims didn’t inform donor
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Srinagar: After rejecting the plea of a Sikh girl to donate her kidney to her Muslim friend by Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, the donor said she wasn’t informed about the decision.
Manjot, the 23-year-old donor, said she had not yet been informed by SKIMS authorities about any such decision.
The institute has rejected the plea saying that the donor’s father has strongly opposed it.
An authorisation committee headed by Director SKIMS took the decision. A committee member told Kashmir Reader that the kidney donation plea of Manjot Singh Kohli, resident of Udhampur, was rejected on various grounds but especially due to opposition by her father, Gurdeep Singh.
“The committee doesn’t want any legal issues in the process, so they decided against it,” said a senior health administrator, wishing anonymity.
Adding the committee members were unanimous on the issue because no one could ignore the appeal by the donor’s father.
Manjot said that the officials of SKIMS didn’t bother to inform me about the decision of authorisation committee, which was probably taken on Tuesday.
“I came to know about it through a friend who works in SKIMS,” she told Kashmir Reader.
She said the Director SKIMS had informed a newspaper also about the rejection of her application.
“I am yet to know about it officially. So, I will wait for an official letter or any communication from SKIMS about the rejection, so that I can fight the case in the J&K High Court,” Manjot said.
On her father’s request to desist from donating her kidney, Monjot said that although she has utmost respect for her family but for her right now, “saving life is more important than saving relationships”.
She also said that SKIMS was being “unfair” to her and to the recipient, 22-year-old Samreen Malik from Rajouri.
Samreen, who suffered kidney failure some years ago, said SKIMS had callously delayed her case.
“Both Manjot and I were cleared by doctors three months ago, but the SKIMS Director never called the authorisation committee meeting, which delayed the procedure and created many hassles. My medical condition also deteriorated. The Director called the meeting after pressure mounted on him following media reports,” she said.
She said the committee cannot take away her right to live just because officials are apprehensive about legal issues.
“They are denying me a life-saving procedure despite my friend offering me her kidney on compassionate grounds. They think they will face issues from Manjot’s family, but this is totally unjustified as adults don’t need any consent from family,” Samreen said.
Director SKIMS, Dr Omar J Shah, did not answer repeated phone calls to his office.