Head of Marketing & Communications at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) Salma Crump said that more residents should consider becoming kidney donors.
She said that because of the transplantation services now being offered at the hospital, more individuals should be encouraged to come forward to donate.
“We want more people to consider becoming donors because optimally, dialysis should be considered as a bridge to transplant, with the emphasis on finding a living donor for as many end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients as possible,” she noted.
She noted that while family members have a higher chance of being a good match, persons does not have to be related to donate a kidney and give the gift of a healthier life.
Her comments come ahead of the country’s latest successful kidney transplants which occurred last week Monday and Tuesday.
The donors and the recipients were daughter (donor) and father (recipient) in the first case and son (donor) and mother (recipient) in the second case.
The transplant, which comprised two carefully synchronized operations to remove a healthy kidney from a donor and implant the organ into a patient suffering from chronic kidney failure, took place in two adjacent operating rooms at the hospital. The procedure to extract the organ, which is called a donor nephrectomy, was performed by Obi Ekwenna, M.D. and Dwayne Thwaites, M.D. and the transplant surgery was done by Michael Rees, M.D. and Steve Richards, M.D. with assistance from Ekwenna.
Ian Thomas, M.D., Transplant Nephrologist at MSJMC, commended the entire team for their cohesive work from beginning to end. He said everyone played a critical role in ensuring success in the transplant cases in January and again last week.
According to Thomas, the operation, referred to as a living donor laparoscopic nephrectomy, is less invasive than the traditional surgical method used to extract a kidney. This allows a donor to spend less time in hospital and recover more quickly from their operation.