(This is the fifteenth part of a short story - Love takes courage)
Dr. Mehta scheduled a meeting with Rohan, his father and Kunal. He discussed the entire procedure. He explained to them the process for doing this transplant. The state of Maharashtra requires a panel to approve all such transplants and this panel would include two nominees of the Government. They would have to convince the panel that no money was being exchanged in the process. The panel would interview both parties and then take a decision.
The Karmarkars and Kunal were aware. They understood that the process was complex. The Karmarkars felt really indebted to Kunal. Who would do such a thing these days? Kunal, whom they had known for barely a few weeks! Why should he offer a kidney? Mr. Karmarkar had tears in his eyes outside Dr. Mehta's room. He hugged Kunal while Rohan looked on. Mr. Karmarkar could not say much.
"You are proof that humanity still exists in the world today!"
Rohan hugged him as well and said, "I don't know why you are doing this Kunal. All I can say is thanks so much. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to ask!"
"Don't worry Rohan. Let us just get this approval so that we can go ahead with the transplant!"
During the next few weeks, the paperwork was all put in place. The panel would have to be convinced that no money was being exchanged and that this was a genuine case of altruistic donation. In times such as these, this would be a difficult task. Nobody would believe that a dialysis technician would donate a kidney to a patient who is not related to him without any financial consideration.
Dr. Mehta thought about what could be done to make this happen. He discussed this with a few colleagues. Everyone felt it was impossible to pull this off. The panel would never agree. Dr. Mehta read the rules again and again looking for some way he could do this.
The Government had some pretty stringent rules in place. This was done to curb the rise of illegal sale of organs. Many poor people in the state had been tricked by brokers who would promise them lakhs of rupees for a kidney and would be duped after the surgery where much less than the promised amount would be given.
It was not like this had stopped illegal transplants completely. They still happened. Money was still exchanged. It was just that the rules made it more difficult for such genuine one-off cases as well.
Dr. Mehta called a nephrologist who sat on the panel. He told him about the case. Dr. Mehta was a respected nephrologist. He was quite senior and everyone had great regard for him. When the nephrologist heard about the case, he told Dr. Mehta that he believed him 100% but the rest of the panel would highly doubt the genuineness.
"What can be done?"
"Let me think about it and get back to you."
Dr. Mehta followed up with the nephrologist over the next few weeks. Finally, one day, the nephrologist offered a solution.
"Mehta saab, I believe that this is a genuine case but I am very sure that the rest of the panel will not accept it. So, unfortunately you will need to do the regular stuff. I will SMS the number of one fellow called Bhatavdekar and he will help you with whatever needs to be done."
"Thanks so much!", said Dr. Mehta.
Dr. Mehta called the guy, Bhatavdekar. He seemed to be a rough guy. He was talking like he was doing them a favor. Dr. Mehta decided to hand this over to the Karmarkars. He called Mr. Karmarkar and passed on the number and also updated him about his conversation with the nephrologist on the panel.