//A Malayali death in Singapore; illegal kidney transplant suspected

A Malayali death in Singapore; illegal kidney transplant suspected

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: They call it an illegal transplant. But for the family of Krishnan Nair, a native of Pathanamthitta who died in Singapore following the removal of one of his kidneys without consent, the loss is irreplaceable.

The tragic incident came to light when the Maharashtra police alerted the authorities at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport against the deporting of the body of a Malayali whose kidney was allegedly transplanted illegally at Singapore. According to sources at the Airport, a communication in this regard was received by the emigration authorities and the Airport Medical Officer from the Joint Commissioner of Police, Maharashtra, through the DGP.
As per the communication, Krishnan Nair, who was a resident of Maharashtraand a native of Pathanamthitta, had gone to Singapore in November along with his friend Saseendran. Krishnan Nair was subjected to illegal kidney transplantation in Singapore and he died subsequently. His wife Saraswathy and brother-in-law Rajeev filed a complaint with the Maharashtra police stating that there was an attempt to deport Krishnan Nair’s body to Thiruvananthapuram and to cover up the incident. In view of this, any body that is deported from Singapore in suspicious circumstances should be subjected to a postmortem examination, the communication said.

Airport Medical Officer S.S.Mani, who confirmed the receipt of the communication, said that so far no such body was brought here. Krishnan Nair’s wife is at present residing at Parakode in Pathanamthitta district with her two children.
Attempts to collect further details from the family members of Krishnan Nair at Pathanamthitta failed as they were away in Adoor to submit a petition to Health Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on the issue.