Pune: Sassoon Hospital witnesses 2nd live donor kidney transplant

Doctors at the government-run Sassoon General Hospital successfully transplanted the kidney of a 40-year-old woman into her college-going son on Thursday, making it the hospital’s second living donor kidney transplant. It is also the fifth kidney transplant in the last eight months


The family hails from Malborgaon village in Kinvat taluka of Nanded district. The recipient (22) had been suffering from renal failure for the last seven years.

“He was diagnosed with kidney failure in a mega health check-up camp held in Kinvat. He was advised kidney transplant. However, the surgery was unaffordable to him at private hospitals and hence he kept on avoiding it. Meanwhile, he underwent dialysis sessions at a government hospital in Nanded,” Harish Tatiya, a medical expert at the Sassoon hospital, said.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, senior spine surgeon and Sassoon Hospital dean, said, “The surgery was successful. The donor as well as the recipient are stable. We did the living donor kidney transplant under the state government’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. Therefore, the transplant didn’t cost the family anything. Otherwise, people have to pay Rs 10-15 lakhs at a private hospital for such a procedure.”

Nephrologists Dr Abhay Sadre, Dr Niranjan Ambekar, Dr Amit Bhangale, urologists Dr Suresh Patankar and Dr Sachin Bhujbal, anesthetists Dr Maya Jamkar and Dr Yogesh Gavali with vascular surgeon Dr Dhanesh Kamerkar carried out the surgery.