This story of kidney exchange in India reminds me of the early days in the U.S., before there was a thick marketplace. (In addition it sounds as if Indian laws make exchange difficult, no doubt with the intention of making difficult the cash-for-kidneys black market...)
""Both the patients had approached us separately. They had come along with
came individually with their respective wives as probable donors. But the
transplants could not take place at that time as the blood groups of the
patients and that of their respective wives did not match," said Dr Deepak
Shankar Ray, the head of nephrology at RTIICS.
"Later, while scanning through the list of renal failure patients with renal
failures and their prospective donors (related) who had come to the hospital,
Ray happened to stumbled upon the fact that Manoj Kumar's blood group which is A
+matched that of Umesh Prasad.
"Gupta's wife's, while Gupta's blood group
was the same as which is B + matched that of Kumar's wife. While Nandarani and
Gupta are B+, Kumar and Reena are both A+. The doctor then acted as a link
between the two parties informing them that the transplants could happen if
their wives were ready to donate their kidneys to someone else.
"Armed with no-objection certificates from the health department of their
respective states (mandatory under the Organ Transplant Act), the patients came
back returned to Kolkata a few weeks back.
"In Kolkata, advocate Subhomoy Samajddar filed affidavits at Alipore court
that is required for unrelated donor transplant. The court has granted
permission and we will forward all documents to the state health department next
week that will complete all the legal formalities," said Sumato Ghosh, the legal
manager at RTIICS."