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A priest sets up mutual fund for kidney donation
« on: February 10, 2011, 04:51:57 PM »

A priest sets up mutual fund for kidney donation

Fr Davis Chiramel is a 50-year-old Catholic priest with a mission. After donating his kidney to a poor patient in 2009, he devised a way out for the hundreds of needy patients who are awaiting transplants - kidney banks and cross-donation.

People who volunteer to donate their kidney will form the kidney bank. In cross-donation, a chain of kidney donors formed where a relative or friend of the person who receives a kidney from a voluntary donor is required to donate his or her kidney to another needy person. No middle men and no racketeering of patients as the Kidney Federation of India set up by the priest takes care of the donation process. The federation has already been financially helping kidney patients who need dialysis. It received a fillip recently when Kerala-based industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappilly of Vegaland and Wonder La fame not only pledged his kidney but has been medically cleared to do so. Fr Chiramel spoke to R Gopakumar of Deccan Herald over the phone from Thrissur.   

Unrelated directed kidney donor in 2003, recipient and I both well.
626 time blood and platelet donor since 1976 and still giving!
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