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Home / News and Features / RF Hospital Started ‘Organ Transplant’



By Dr. Gustad Daver,
Gustad.Daver@rfhospital.org

RF Hospital has taken a significant stride in tertiary care expertise by starting a program of ‘Organ Transplant’. The program is an important milestone in the hospital’s efforts to be the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for healthcare delivery in Western India.

Many factors determine the success of a transplant such as:

  • Surgical expertise and technique,
  • Organ preservation technique,
  • Infection control and Post-surgical care
  • The most crucial factor is ‘how to prevent the rejection of transplanted organ’

All the above mentioned key factors play a role in patient’s survival and the quality of their lives after transplantation. Our team of specialists including Dr. Nayan Sanghvi & Dr. Vinit Shah, Urologists performed the first kidney transplant surgery successfully at the hospital.

In Mumbai, a large number of patients are undergoing dialysis and a large percentage of these patients will transit to kidney transplant as it is the last resource in case of end-stage kidney disease. To support this growing need, RF Hospital has initiated the kidney transplant programme.

 

There are two types of kidney transplants:

  • Received from living donors (mostly related donor)
  • Received from unrelated donors who have died (non-living donors).

The first case in RF Hospital was from the first category, i.e. living donor (family member).

History of kidney transplant:

In 1933, surgeon Yuriy Voroniy from Kherson in the Soviet Union attempted the first human kidney transplant, using a kidney removed 6 hours earlier from the deceased donor to be re-implanted into the thigh.

It was not until June 17, 1950, when a successful transplant could be performed on Ruth Tucker, a 44-year-old woman with polycystic kidney disease, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

The Boston transplantation, performed on December 23, 1954, at Brigham Hospital was performed by Joseph Murray, J. Hartwell Harrison, John P. Merrill and others. For this and later work, Dr. Murray received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1990.
All the above mentioned key factors play a role in patient’s survival and the quality of their lives after transplantation. Our team of specialists including Dr. Nayan Sanghvi & Dr. Vinit Shah, Urologists performed the first kidney transplant surgery successfully at the hospital.