Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate, Harvard University
Dr Sristi Sharma is a physician from India and has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently working at the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is a previous Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate at Harvard Medical School.
Organ transplant is a living-saving procedure. It is a medical marvel that many individuals have benefitted from. However, as recent reports have highlighted, it is also a medical system that has invariably promoted extensive abuse of human rights. Clinical criteria and ethical considerations rather than financial motives should be the force behind successful organ donation and allocation.
A recent study using data from the MDS showed that in 2010, 72000 people in the country died because of acute abdominal conditions: illnesses like peptic ulcers, appendicitis, and hernias that need urgent surgery. Of these deaths, 87% occur in rural areas, and the vast majority occurs at home, where patients do not receive care and die in agony. If treated promptly, these conditions are usually surgically curable.