Minister of External Affair Sushma Swaraj’s candid admission about her health issues on Twitter triggered an outpour of adulation for the 64-year-old leader with offers of kidney donation coming in not only from India, but also from abroad.
An overwhelmed Swaraj, who has been going for AIIMS for dialysis daily and returns home in the evening to work from her home, replied: “With your good wishes and Lord Krishna’s blessings, I will be able to come out of this situation.”
Among the many who offered their kidneys has been a Baloch activist Ahmar Mustikhan. “It will be a great honor if my Baloch kidney may help our sister Sushma Swaraj; this will be a small token of thanks for raising an issue at UN (sic),” Mustikhan wrote on twitter.
“Some friends have also offered their kidneys for my transplant. I have no words to express my deep sense of gratitude towards them,” Swaraj added. The Minister has been helping out people in distress with the same alacrity even now. On her person intervention visa has been issued to a Pakistani woman who wanted to come to India for her child’s treatment.
Organs and tissue transplants are governed by the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 2011. Organs can either be retrieved from cadavers or from brain dead patients with their family consent, or may be donated by living donors. The law recognises three types of living donors: near relatives like parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren or spouses; others who can donate for “affection and attachment” or for a special reason but not for financial considerations; and swap donors where near relative donors are swapped between patients whose own family members are incompatible. (For example, if a husband is willing to donate a kidney to his wife but is not compatible, he can do so to another patient, provided a near relative of that patient is compatible with his wife and can donate a kidney to her.