Another kidney transplant carried out at BBH

Doctors say 25-year-old woman stable after complicated procedure


Qaiser Shirazi November 27, 2021
Police arrest three donors including a couple who sold their kidneys for a combined INR700,000 to pay off a loan. PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI:

Another successful kidney transplant was carried out at the urology department of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) Rawalpindi on Friday.

Doctors said the procedure was carried out on a 25-year-old woman, which was the third successful kidney transplant at the BBH. The critical procedure cost Rs45,000 as the hospital did not charge a fee from the patient for being financially weak.

In the private sector, the procedure costs up to Rs4 million.

The patient’s family members including Amjad Ali and Sohail expressed jubilance over the successful procedure. They said that happiness was all-pervading at their home as the procedure has been done successfully.

They said that they spent all their savings by making rounds in the private hospitals but to no avail.

The family members said they admitted the patient, named Fauzia, at the BBH experimentally and were extremely happy to learn that the operation will only cost Rs45,000 contrary to the private sector where up to Rs4 million were being demanded.

They advised all citizens suffering from kidney-related diseases to visit the BBH.

The patient also shared her happiness by giving a smile when she was moved to the ward from the operation theatre.

The transplantation was done under the supervision of BBH Urology Department Head Dr Zainul Amir and it lasted for three hours.

Dr Amir said that his team was completely prepared and they will carry out three kidney transplant operations in a week. He said that kidney transplantation will be carried out free of cost.

Dr Zain has also been made the Project Director of Pakistan Institute of Urology and Transplantation while the Rawalpindi Institute of Kidney and Liver Transplant will also be given under his supervision once becoming operational.

Currently, the Rawalpindi Institute of Kidney and Liver Transplant, which has been dedicated to performing such surgeries, has not been made functional owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Therefore, kidney transplant surgeries are being carried out in the urology department of Benazir Bhutto Hospital on a limited scale.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2021.

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