The Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State has successfully carried out its first kidney transplantation. The kidney transplant which was carried out on two patients was conducted free of charge. The surgery commenced on Thursday, December 7 and was completed on Friday morning around 10:00 a.m.
According to ChannelsTV, the decision of the free surgery is aimed at offering kidney transplant services to improve quality of life, minimise medical tourism as well as provide affordable kidney transplantation in Nigeria.
The surgical procedure was carried out by team of surgeons led by Dr Obi Ekwenna from University of Toledo Medical centre, USA and other surgeons from FMC Umuahia. It lasted more than ten hour in between procurement of kidney from the donor and actual transplanting for the recipient. One of the beneficiaries, Orji Ogbonnaya, 37, who has been going through dialysis for four years said, “this is a great plan for people like us who cannot travel outside the country to do the surgery.” According to the CMD, FMC Umuahia, Dr Abali Chuku , the decision to offer kidney transplant free of charge for two patients is aimed at bridging the gap in obtaining quality healthcare due to the financial burden. He said about 10 centers in Nigeria are providing kidney transplantation but all the ten centers are outside the south-eastern area. So, the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia introduced the service within in order to add value to the health sector.
Speaking on the present condition, Ekwenna, the team leader, said both the donors and recipients are are currently doing well. “The recipient is doing beautifully and the donor is moving around, the donors are the heroes, they are amazing people that come forward to save life and they will live a normal life,” he said. Ibeneme