The nation took a sigh of relief when the charismatic Minister for External Affairs to the Government of India Mrs Sushma Swaraj had a successful kidney transplant surgery. Now, she is at her home and started to work. There was a threat to her life without both of her kidneys had failed. She was put on dialysis and a donor was searched.
Sushma Swaraj was suffering from chronic diabetes. Her workload substantially increased after becoming the External Affairs Minister. Later, high drama by opposition parties and media trial in alleged linked up with Lalit Modi only aggravated her situation. She remained under stress for few months. In the end, it is diabetes which led to this failure of kidney.
Kidney failure is like encountering with death. How long can one survive on dialysis? Fortunately, all vitals are now normal and she is rocking with one kidney (only one kidney was transplanted to her).
Kidney Donor of Sushma Swaraj
When Sushma Swaraj had let the world know the status of her health on Twitter, everyone was shocked. She got hundred of offers from well wishers to donate kidney. However, the donor was already identified and the process of transplant was going on when the minister had tweeted about this.
Now, people are murmuring about the identity of the donor. As per Indian rules, relatives can easily give one kidney in this situation. However, the age of the donor must be below 50 years. It means, Sushma’s husband Mr. Swaraj was not the donor. Sushma Swaraj has one daughter named Bansuri. And, there is no denying that she had not let Bansuri to donate kidney for her.
Rules further say that a well-wisher can also donate kidney after making necessary disclosures. The identity of the well-wisher needs to be properly given to the concerned authority. There are many people who went to this length for Sushma Swaraj. However, to keep her off from any unnecessary controversies at later stage, Sushma had rejected this idea of getting kidney from a well-wisher.
According to sources at AIIMS, she had gone for the last option provided by Indian regulation – getting kidney of a deceased person.
Rule says that there will be a waiting list and kidney (other organs also, in this case) will be donated on the basis of First Come First Serve. There won’t be any bending of rules because of emergency situation. Needless to say, in the event of kidney failure, all patients are under emergency condition. If the AIIMS administration will follow this rule, Sushma Swaraj will have to wait for at least two years to get kidney. This rule is going to be relaxed for her.
Sushma Swaraj got kidney of a deceased person without following this rule of Waiting List. The identity of the departed soul has not been made public.