Woman has kidney stolen during op for appendicitis
An Indian woman who underwent surgery to remove her appendix has discovered she had a kidney stolen - seemingly with her husband's approval.
Rita Sarkar was taken to hospital in Kolkata after feeling a sharp pain in her abdomen and operated on the following day.
"My husband Biswajit warned me not to disclose the surgery to anyone," Ms Sarkar revealed.
She was kept inside her home for several months despite the pain intensifying, this time in her lower back.
Ms Sarkar (28) pleaded with her husband to take her to see a doctor, but he refused.
Three months ago, relatives on Ms Sarkar's father's side took her to a local medical centre where an ultrasound revealed her right kidney was missing.
"I was shattered," Ms Sarkar said. In addition, her left kidney was infected.
Biswajit Sarkar and his brother Shyamal have been charged with commercially trading human organs. Mr Sarkar is understood to have confessed to selling the kidney to a businessman.