Can boy, 17, donate liver to dad? Supreme Court to decide | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will decide on Monday a plea of 17-year old boy seeking permission to donate his liver to save his father’s life.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka will decide the case in the presence of a senior official from the health department from Uttar Pradesh government who was asked to personally appear before it.
Considering the urgency in the case, Chief Justice U U Lalit had on September 9 decided to grant an urgent hearing and listed the case for Monday. The court, in the meantime, asked the petitioner to go ahead with the necessary medical test needed before the transplantation.
“In the meantime, the petitioner may present himself before the concerned hospital, which may do preliminary tests whether he can be a donor and whether the donation of an organ in the present case would otherwise be feasible and permissible,” the court said. The minor approached the apex court after his representation to the health secretary of Uttar Pradesh government remained unaddressed and he rushed to the court as his father was critically ill and was running out of time to save his life.
“According to the counsel, the father of the petitioner is in critical condition and the only way to save the life of the father is through organ donation. It is further submitted that the petitioner (son) is willing to donate his liver to his critically ill father. However, in terms of the statute governing the issue, the donor has to be a major,” the bench noted in its order.
“Considering the urgency, we issue notice returnable on Monday, September 12 , 2022. Dasti, in addition, is permitted. Liberty to serve the standing counsel for the State is granted. The Registry shall independently send an appropriate communication to the learned standing counsel as well as the Health Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Government, Lucknow. A officer from the health department for the State of UP shall remain present on Monday when the matter is taken up,” it said.



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