The team that conducted the kidney transplant last week included (from left) nephrologist Dr Nerissa Jurawan, Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Dr Nick Inston and Dr Margaret O’Shea. (Picture by Lisa King.)
FAMILY MEMBERS of patients with kidney disease are being encouraged to become donors since they are the most suitable to donate healthy kidneys. Doing so would also reduce the number of people seeking end-stage renal treatment.
More than 300 people currently attend the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) for dialysis, and last week the hospital performed a living donor kidney transplant that saw a mother donating a kidney to her daughter.
Transplant and general surgeon at the QEH, Dr Margaret O’Shea, the local lead surgeon for the transplant, appealed to more people to come forward as donors and to think of transplants as an option.
Speaking at a press conference in the hospital’s boardroom yesterday, O’Shea said end-stage renal disease was a growing problem in Barbados.
“We want the Barbadian public to recognise that transplant is a safe option and the best option,” she said. (LK)
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