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.