Sri Lanka suspends organ transplants

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka banned kidney transplants for foreign nationals on Thursday following reports of an organized organ-harvesting racket involving patients and donors from neighboring India.

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Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said he ordered the immediate halt after Indian police warned Sri Lankan authorities that some patients from India had paid donors for organs and had the transplants carried out at private hospitals in Colombo.

“We decided to stop all transplants involving foreigners until we get to the bottom of this,” the minister told reporters in the capital.

“I have asked for details from our (police) criminal investigation department about this.”

He said the local police had been told of six Sri Lankan doctors who had transplanted kidneys allegedly “bought” from Indian donors in violation of local laws.

“According to our law, organs cannot be bought or sold,” the minister said.

AFP

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