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Another medical tourism? story from India

by JP Bill / January 28, 2008 4:47 AM PST
Indian police bust illegal kidney transplant ring

NEW DELHI - Police in India are raiding hospitals and guest houses in a widespread investigation into the illegal sale of organs for transplant.

Officials say kidneys were removed from up to 500 poor labourers and sold to wealthy patients. It is unclear if the poor people actually sold the organs or whether they were duped by dozens of doctors allegedly involved in the scheme.

Officials say that, either way, it is illegal to sell human organs for transplant in India.

Several foreign patients waiting for transplants were at the facilities when police raided them Friday, but they were allowed to return to their home countries without being held for questioning.
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by Willy / January 28, 2008 11:07 PM PST

I understand this to be an accepted practice to sell organs, as in to pay debts or allow children money for school, etc.. Kidneys being the prime organ here and yes they willingly sell them. As for anyone getting duped, well its pretty hard to let that pass. -----Willy

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by JP Bill / February 7, 2008 4:27 AM PST
'Dr. Horror' arrested

KATHMANDU, Nepal ? Police in Nepal have arrested an Indian national believed to be the alleged mastermind of a massive kidney-harvesting ring, a Nepalese newspaper reported Thursday.

The Himalayan Times quoted police sources in Nepal in saying that 40-year-old Amit Kumar was arrested at a hotel in the southern town of Sauraha, about 60 kilometres from the Indian border town of Raxaul.

The Kathmandu-based newspaper said Kumar and his Nepalese associate, identified as Manish Singh, checked into the hotel Thursday morning under Singh?s name.

Police showed up at the hotel shortly after and arrested Kumar, but Singh managed to escape, the newspaper reports.

Kumar, an Indian national with connections to Canada, became the subject of an international manhunt last week after Interpol issued a red notice for his arrest. Kumar and another doctor are wanted in India on counts of ?illegal transplanting of kidneys, cheating and criminal conspiracy.?
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