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Mother Seeks Mercy Killing of 9-Month-Old Child, AP Govt Offers Help

File photo of Ramanappa, his wife Saraswati and daughter Gnana Sai who is suffering from rare liver disease. (Courtesy: Twitter)

File photo of Ramanappa, his wife Saraswati and daughter Gnana Sai who is suffering from rare liver disease. (Courtesy: Twitter)

Gyana Sai has been suffering from a rare liver disease known as Biliary Atresia, since her birth.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday offered help to a nine-month-old child suffering from a rare liver disease after her parents approached a court in Chittoor district seeking mercy killing.

Ramanappa and Saraswati, agricultural labourers from Chittoor district, had approached the Tamballapalle civil court asking for permission to kill their daughter, Gnana Sai, through passive euthanasia.

Gyana Sai, born to Ramanappa and Saraswati from Chittoor district, has been suffering from a rare liver disease known as biliary atresia, since her birth, a state government release said.

"The parents could not bear the huge cost of treatment for the disease and they approached a court in Chittoor district seeking mercy killing for the baby as they were unable to see her pain," it said.

State Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas took up the matter with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who announced that help would be provided to the child from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

The baby was taken to a liver specialist Mohammed Rela, who suggested that she needed a liver transplant surgery urgently, the release added, adding, the father would donate his liver to the daughter in the operation to be conducted in a major hospital in Chennai next Monday.

Officials have completed all arrangements for the surgery to be performed in Chennai, it said.

first published:June 25, 2016, 10:59 IST