90% of patients in state can’t afford paediatric liver trans
Kaveri (name changed), a single mother, lost her eldest child to a congenital liver disease despite transplant a few years ago. Her another son too had to undergo a second liver transplant in a city hospital recently. This was a cadaver liver transplant for the 12-year-old after the organ donated by his aunt failed to function. A penniless Kaveri, who had to struggle to find money for the third transplant in her family, now advocates government support for paediatric liver transplants.

According to city doctors, 90% of children suffering from chronic liver disputes and in need of a new organ in Karnataka can’t afford it. But the state government does not support and sponsor children for liver transplants unlike Assam, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments which have insurance schemes to address the issue....