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Questions raised as Sasikala's husband Natarajan undergoes organ transplant

Questions raised as Sasikala's husband Natarajan undergoes organ transplant”

He was a daily wage earner who was discharged from Thanjavur's government hospital and flown to Chennai in a private air ambulance with a government doctor on board for treatment.

Ousted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala's husband M Natarajan underwent a successful liver and kidney transplant surgery today after a poor 19-year-old boy, who met with an accident and was being treated at Thanjavur government hospital, was airlifted to Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai on Tuesday, where the Mannargudi man was awaiting a donor.

Karthik was brought here recently by his family with severe head injuries, among others. "He was declared brain dead after his admission at Chennai hospital", a source told TNM. "Both are O positive", a senior doctor from the Global Hospitals transplant team said. It is also being believed that the rests of the organs were allowed to be retained by Global Hospitals for its own patients.

"Karthik's family was counselled regarding organ donation and they provided their consent to donate his organs", the statement from Gleneagles Global Health City said.

Natarajan has been receiving treatment at the Gleneagles Global Hospital for the last nine months. "We will be harvesting the boy's organs once we get permission from Transtan".

"Dr K Ilankumaran, who heads the Gleneagles Hospital's transplant department, was also quoted as saying 'that 'Natarajan was on the top of the wait list and all transplant guidelines were strictly followed".

On whether Ms Sasikala would stay at Poes Garden residence of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa if released on parole, Mr Dhinakaran said, "Let her come first".

Mr Dhinakaran said he was informed by their advocate that her plea for parole had been "rejected due to insufficient details".

Though Natarajan and Sasikala had been living separately since 1990s, he had accompanied her when she surrendered before the prison authorities on February 15 after she was convicted in the DA case and sentenced to four years in prison. A fresh application is being moved before jail authorities.

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