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December 17, 2004
Former chess champion K Venkatesh, who was terminally ill, died on December 17 after a futile wait for the courts to accept his plea for euthanasia so that he could donate his organs. His eyes were donated after his death but no other organ could be transplanted as the 25 year old had been on a ventilator for a long period.
Indian laws allow organ donation only if a person is declared brain dead.
Euthanasia is the act of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition.
Quoting Venkatesh's case, experts have said the severe paucity of organ donors is one reason why euthanasia should be legalised.
Venkatesh's mother intends to continue the legal battle to amend the Human Organ Transplant Act and legalise euthanasia.
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