Max Hospital felicitates kidney donors to mark 200 kidney transplants


NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The Kidney Transplant team from Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), Mohali felicitated around 2-dozen kidney donors to commemorate completion of successful 200 kidney transplants during a press conference held at Hotel JW Marriot, Chandigarh today.

Present during occasion were, Mr. Sandeep Dogra, VP-Operations, Dr. Vinay Sakhuja, Director-Nephrology & Transplant Medicine, Dr Munish Chauhan, Sr. Consultant-Nephrology, Dr Sananda Bag, Sr Consultant-Kidney Transplant, Dr Jagdish Sethi, Consultant-Renal Transplant from MSSH.

Interestingly, the honoured donors have close relation with their recipients like wife-husband, mother- son, father-son, grandmother- grandson, mother-daughter, sister-brother etc. Gurminder Arora from Panchkula donated her kidney to husband. Ajmer Kaur (72) from Chandigarh donated her kidney to her son. Shival Dass (60) from Kharar donate his kidney to his son. Jaswanti Devi (70 ) from Yamuna Nagar donated her kidney to her grandson. Savita Kohli (39) from Mohali donated her kidney to save life of her daughter. Geeta Sharma from Chandigarh donated her kidney to brother.

Meanwhile till date MSSH has performed more that 200 successful kidney transplants in last 2-yr which included region first ABO non-compatible (different blood group) and first transplant in HIV positive patient.

Mr. Dogra said that since our first kidney transplant in August 2013, we have performed over 200 kidney transplants. Our centre has conducted region’s 1st successful ABO-incompatible kidney transplant in May last year which placed us amongst the very few centres doing ABO incompatible transplant all over the country. We have performed transplants in HIV positive individuals , only a handful of which have been done all over the world.”

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Interestingly doctors at MSSH broke blood barrier in organ transplant last year giving hope to patients looking for donors without blood group matching.

Dr Sakhuja informed that each year more than 1-lakh new patients developed kidney failure in our country and about 5-lakh patients were on dialysis, waiting for transplant. However transplant would take place in only about 5000 cases annually due to shortage of donors. To meet this huge gap we needed to encourage more and more organs donation from brain dead persons in addition to donors swapping and ABO-incompatible transplants.

Dr Chauhan said that preemptive kidney transplantation was the best way to get a kidney transplant done. It would save lot of money besides reducing many complications.

Dr Bag said that many patients who did not have a donor of same group in the family, could undergo hassle-free kidney transplant from their family donors without restriction of blood–matching. Moreover nowadays donor’s operation was done laparoscopically, which was less painful, enabled faster recovery and early return to work.”

Dr Sethi said that diseases related to kidney could be life threatening and it required a proper diagnosis at good hospitals. In India about 60-70% of kidney failure was due to unrecognized diabetes and bp. So, those who were hypertensive, diabetic, obese, smoker and above 50 years of age should opt for regular check-ups.

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