• Ramanappa and Saraswati filed a petition in the court of junior civil judge urging it to give the approval to perform passive euthanasia to their daughter
  • Their daughter is suffering from a congenital liver problem, and Ramanappa, a worker in a grocery store and his wife Saraswati don’t have means to get treatment
  • The couple’s petition ask the court to either direct the state government to bear the medical expenses for their daughter or allow them to do mercy-killing

ANDHRA PRADESH, India – A couple from India approached a local court to ask permission to perform mercy-killing to their sick eight-month-old daughter; citing intense poverty as the reason.

Syed Akbar mentioned in his article for The Times of India that the couple, identified as Ramanappa and Saraswati, filed the petition in the court of a junior civil judge at Thamballapalle urging it to give the approval to perform passive euthanasia to their daughter Gnana Sai.

The heartbreaking petition got the attention of the court; however, it decided that does not come under its purview. Instead, the court instructed the couple to approach either the Chittoor district court or the high court in Hyderabad if they want to push through with their petition.

Moved by the plight of the couple and the child, the advocates present in the court donated about 5000 rupees ($74).

The daughter is suffering from a congenital liver problem, and Ramanappa, a worker in a grocery store, and his wife Saraswati don’t have means to get treatment for Sai; the reason why they filed a petition to the court. In their petition, they ask the court to either direct the state government to bear the medical expenses for their daughter or allow them to do mercy-killing.

An article by K. Umashanker for The Hindu said the little girl is diagnosed with a rare congenital liver condition and doctors said she will require a liver transplant that will cost them around 5 million rupees ($73,650).

“A local doctor diagnosed it as a liver complication and treated the baby. But there was no improvement in her health. We have spent all the money we have. We borrowed money from friends and relatives. We are left with no money now,” Ramanappa said.

“The entire procedure costs more than 50 lakh rupees. Moreover, the child has to be on medication for at least six years. The monthly medical bill alone comes to about 50,000 rupees ($736),” the father added; even saying that his daughter keeps on crying apparently due to pain.

The liver transplant should be done soon as doctors said any delay will further complicate her health condition.

“If needed I seek help from high court,” the father said after the court ruling was read. It’s truly heartbreaking to be in that kind of situation.