An organic decline


Sixty eight-year-old Arumugam* joined the transplant waitlist for a liver in March this year. Six months down the line, with the pandemic having rewritten the norms of organ donation and transplant, he is still waiting. His daughter says that they have been lucky to have not had any need for emergency care, making the wait relatively easier. While they have had no trouble accessing the medicines he needs, they have not been able to frequent the hospital for a few treatments that require intravenous administration. While hundreds of patients in the state await different organs, quite a few who needed immediate intervention didn’t survive the wait. With cadaver transplants coming to a complete halt in a majority of the hospitals, this is true for most of the country.

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