India: Kerala High Court permits 17-year-old to donate liver to ailing father

Only her liver was a suitable match, but being a minor, she was not legally permitted to donate organs


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Published: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 12:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 5:01 PM

On Wednesday, the Kerala High Court permitted a 17-year-old girl to donate a part of her liver to her father, who is suffering from a liver ailment.

The court allowed Devananda PP to give a part of her liver to her father PG Pratheesh, a resident of Kolazhy, in Thrissur district.

In a writ petition filed by Devananda under the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, she had sought permission to donate a portion of her liver as she could not find a donor.

The livers of the other family members were not found to be a match with her father's.

The 48-year-old father is battling Decompensated Chronic Liver Disease with Hepatocellular Carcinoma — a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Doctors had prescribed a liver transplant as the only viable option for this chronic disease.

They were unable to find any matching liver from his family except from his daughter. However, the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act does not permit a minor to donate an organ.

Congratulating Devananda, the single bench comprising Justice VG Arun said that her parents were lucky to have a selfless child like her.

"It is heartening to note that the unrelenting fight put up by Devananda has finally succeeded. Court applauds the petitioner's fight to save her father's life," the court stated.

The teenager had approached the court to obtain a legal sanction for donating a part of her liver to her ailing father. The court issued the order on the basis of the report submitted by the expert committee.

They submitted a report saying Devananda was fully aware of the consequences of her decision, and requested the court not to reject the plea to allow transplantation, as the donor would anyway attain 18 years of age in five months.


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