A team led by Dr. Bharat Shah, Director, Global Hospital, successfully performed a blood group incompatible transplant, on a 61-year-old man, Kiran Pandey. The patient underwent the first kidney transplant in 2005, his wife donated a kidney then. His kidney functioned well all these years but now it has failed. Now, the patient’s sister donated him a kidney giving him a new lease of life.
Dr. Bharat Shah, Director, Institute of Renal Sciences, Global Hospital, Mumbai, “When the patient came for consultation for the first time, he had severe loose motions going on for many months and worsening function of his transplant kidney. We realized that one of the medicines that he was taking was the main culprit behind his diarrhea. This medicine, Mycophenolate Mofetil was changed to Azathioprine, and his problem was solved. However, his transplant kidney functions gradually declined, and he needed another transplant.”
The patient’s two sisters came forward to give one of their kidneys to the brother. In fact, one sister came from Dubai to get examined and be a potential donor. His both sisters whose blood groups were different were evaluated, and after doing so it was decided to accept the kidney of the sister whose tissue typing was matching 100% with him. Kiran’s blood group is O+ and his sister Shraddha Awalegaonkar’s (65) is AB+.
Even though their blood group was not matching, Global Hospital which has enough experience with blood group incompatible transplants, went ahead with transplant after desensitization procedure (removal of antibodies to donor’s blood group) which is required to be performed before doing a blood group incompatible transplant.
On 14th August 2019, the patient underwent a successful blood group incompatible transplant.
Shraddha Awalegaonkar, who has inspired many by saving her brother’s life by donating her kidney, stated, “Nothing is more important to me than my brother. I can’t imagine my life without him. I have seen him in pain, and would have done whatever it takes to save his life.”
Patient Kiran Pandey said, “I could not do my daily chores with ease, and even after trying many procedures and treatments, my condition kept on worsening. I had started losing hope, but Global Hospital and my family helped me sail through. I urge people to come forward and donate organs as my sister did.