Western Regional Hospital conducts first kidney transplantation

This image shows Western Regional Hospital Pokhara in Kaski district. Photo courtesy: (WHRP)

KASKI: Western Regional Hospital Pokhara under Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) has conducted kidney transplantation for the first time.

The kidney transplantation was conducted on a 53-year-old woman of Annapurna Rural Municipality in Kaski district on Thursday. The woman’s husband donated the organ.

It took four hours for a team of specialist doctors to transplant the kidney. The hospital has however maintained the names of the organ donor and recipient anonymous.

A team of specialist doctors conduct kidney transplantation on a 53-year-old woman, at Western Regional Hospital Pokhara on Thursday, June 24, 2022. The hospital under Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) conducted kidney transplantation for the first time. Photo: Western Regional Hospital Pokhara/Facebook

Executive Director at PAHS, Prof Dr Bharat Bahadur Khatri, shared his happiness that kidney transplantation was conducted successfully with the cooperation of Shahid Dharmabhakta National Transplant Center (SDNTC) Human Organ Transplant Center (HOTC), Bhaktapur, and PAHS. Centre’s Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha and PAHS’ Dr Prakash Chhetri, Dr Anup Chapagain, Dr Maya Lama, Dr Juju Shrestha and Dr Amrit KC were involved in the transplantation.

Earlier, the kidney patients in Gandaki Province had to visit the federal capital, Kathmandu, for transplantation.

The PAHS got permission from the HOTC Secretariat under the Health Service Department on June 17, according to Information Officer, Suman Bhattarai. The PAHS has made an agreement with the SDNTC for its role to provide necessary human resources to conduct the transplantation.

The Western Regional Hospital has said the entire cost of the operation was free. Expansion of this new service has been planned by the hospital.

It is said there are around 500 kidney patients receiving dialyses service daily in Pokhara.

(With inputs from RSS)

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