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Organ Trafficking: Indian family says their young daughter was killed for organ harvesting

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 15th, 2013
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Eight-year-old Gurkiren Kaur Loyal, from Birmingham, England died in a Punjabi hospital while on vacation with her family. She was admitted for mild dehydration and was then reportedly given a mystery injection. Fearing the worst, her family is demanding the return of her organs as proof that their daughter did not fall victim to illegal organ harvesting.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Her family says that they were acutely aware of the risk of illegal organ harvesting and guarded her body in order to prevent it.

They now say that doctors in India later removed her organs to hide the cause of the schoolgirl's death - and there was a hasty cover-up when medics realized they could not extract her organs in time.

Mother Amrit Kaur Loyal says the family belatedly discovered Gurkiren's organs were missing when her body was flown home to the U.K. The Birmingham coroner then told them it would be impossible to establish a cause of death because there were no organs to take samples from.

The family is now calling for their daughter's organs to be flown back to the U.K. so they can discover how she died. They have been joined in their campaign by Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood and Birmingham councilor Narinder Kooner.

The family maintains that the Indian police and medical authorities made little attempt to investigate.

"Gurkiren was fine; she was chatting to us and planned to buy some gifts for her cousins. While we were talking an assistant came up carrying a pre-filled syringe and reached for the tube in her hand," Shop assistant Mrs. Kaur Loyal said. "I asked what was the injection was for, but he gave me a blank look and injected the liquid into her.

"Within a split-second Gurkiren's head flipped back, her eyes rolled in her head, and the color completely drained from her. I knew they had killed her on the spot.

"I knew my innocent child had been murdered."

It is "highly probable" that the child had been killed in a bid to harvest her organs, their local councilor in Birmingham said.

"People with money pay for transplant organs to help their family members who are sick," she said. "We are trying to build a portfolio of other cases.

"This was an absolutely horrific ordeal for the family to go through and we are trying to work with the Foreign Office and the Indian High Commission to try to get her organs returned."

There is a thriving and lucrative underground market for human organs in India, where in 2007 Ravindranath Seppan, of the Chennai Doctors' Association for Social Equality has admitted: "India's rich are turning to India's poor to live longer."

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