A critically injured 19-year-old Karthik, a resident of Koothadivayal village (some 400 kms from Chennai) was flown to the Gleneagles Global Health City on late Tuesday night.
Karthik, a daily wager had met with an accident on September 30 and against the advice of the hospital, he was air-lifted to Gleneagles Global Health City in Chennai, where he died during the treatment the hospital claimed. It was following which his organs were harvested. And soon after that, a dual organ transplant was undertaken on M Natarajan, husband of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala.Everything here was done by the book or so it seems.
Karthik sustained grievous injuries after the accident and in fact was already in a vegetative state, when out of nowhere a man, claiming to be an advocate, landed at the government hospital.
According to close friends of Karthik, it was this mystery advocate and a doctor, who convinced Karthik's parents that their son would receive much better care at the "big" hospital. Interestingly, both the doctor and the advocate are missing now.
The friends also claimed that the parents were told that the family would be able to secure a huge amount of money from the insurance company if they listened to him. "You can pay me my fee and also the hospital expenses from that money, that you will receive from the big insurance company," the unidentified man, claiming to be advocate told Karthik's family.
The advocate told the parents that he was good with getting insurance money and hence he can ensure that their son received the best treatment. The doctor also told the parents that they can get the best care in Chennai and it was following this, everything was arranged.
And so it happened that Karthik's parents, who are also daily wagers, were able to raise enough money to fly their son to the same Chennai hospital, where Sasikala's husband was waiting for a transplant.
Karthik died in Gleneagles Global Health City and the same night the organ was harvested and transplanted into the 74-year-old chronic liver disease patient after seven-and-a-half hour kidney and liver transplant surgery.
What is even more intriguing is the fact that the hospital got permission for the surgery from P. Balaji, who heads the Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (Transtan). Balaji is in the midst of several controversies. There is already a petition before the Madras high court challenging his appointment. He is also courting controversy for authenticating the then chief minister, J. Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression in B-Form issued to AIADMK candidates while she was undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals.
While now as M Natarajan is on the way to recovery, there are several unanswered questions. But all of it can be answered by the mystery man, who claimed to be an "insurance advocate," but he seems to have vanished without trace.