Coimbatore Hospital performs successful kidney transplant involving haemophilic donor and recipient
Doctors in a Coimbatore hospital transplanted a kidney in a 12-year-old boy suffering from haemophilia, a blood disorder that does not allow it to clot like it is supposed to. What made the case rare was that the kidney donor, who was the boy’s maternal uncle, also suffered from haemophilia. The surgery was performed by replacing the missing protein (clotting factor), which restored the clotting mechanism temporarily, for 10 days, by which time the wound had healed reasonably well. Doctors in Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, where the surgery was performed, said they were yet to come across a case of renal transplant in medical literature where the kidney recipient and donor both suffered from haemophilia.
Doctors said the main risk of operating on such patients is uncontrollable bleeding and the burden of maintaining two patients with the issue. However, faced with no other viable option, they decided to go ahead. The boy had a rare genetic condition called Alport syndrome, which led to the kidney failure. The boy was advised an immediate transplant and his maternal uncle, whose HLA type and blood matched his, came forward to donate one of his kidneys. Both the donor surgery and the recipient surgery went off well without any complications. The donor was discharged five days after the surgery and the recipient went home 10 days after the surgery, with normal kidney function.
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