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5-year-old from Africa gets new kidney (at MPUH Nadiad)


5-year-old from Africa gets new kidney (at MPUH Nadiad)
5 Jan, 2011 0614hrs IST TNN

AHMEDABAD: Brian, 5, might finally be able to live life outside hospitals and may even dare to play in the open a little in a few months.

He is the youngest patient to undergo a kidney transplant at the Nadiad Kidney Hospital, and weighed a mere 11 kg before going under the knife. Brian underwent a transplant after his father decided to donate one of his kidneys.

“Centres in India have reported kidney transplants on paediatric patients weighing 15 kg. Brian is the youngest patient to have a successful kidney transplant at such less weight and young age”, said director of the Nadiad hospital Dr Mahesh Desai. Doctors said that the transplant has come as a new lease of life for Brian who has been in and out of hospitals ever since he was born.

He was born to Nairobi-based couple Jeremiah and Agnes in December 2005. At just four months old, he suffered a urine infection and underwent circumcision. When he failed to show any improvement, the doctors found that he was suffering from a urethral valve defect and underwent another surgery.

“When he was a year old, two more surgeries were performed to correct his defect but his condition continued to deteriorate. When he was three, yet another surgery was done to insert a tube in the urinary bladder from the abdomen. This continuous cycle of ill-health finally took a toll on his kidneys which started failing” said Dr Desai.

The final straw came when after six surgeries Brian was put on dialysis. Since he could not be offered dialysis like adults, his blood had to be purified by inserting a tube through his stomach. That is when the couple came to India.

“It was a complicated case to operate as Brian weighed only 11 kg. When you put an adult kidney in a small child weighing so little, there are a lot of complications including managing the dosage, the electrolyte balance and even placement of the organ”, said Dr Desai.

The surgery was performed by the team of surgeon Dr Ravi Sabnis and nephrologist Dr Shishir Gang. Doctors said that Brian will be kept in the hospital for three months to rule out any complications.