Hospital’s joy of conducting first kidney transplant short lived as patient dies in post operation complications

The joy of Embu Level Five Teaching and Referral Hospital as being the first County hospital to conduct a successful kidney transplant backfired as the patient died shortly after the 24 hour operation.

According to Dr. Philip Cheptinga who led a team of nephrologists from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret the operation was a bit complicated since the recipient’s blood vessels had become thin and could not sustain huge amount of blood flow that was required.

He said they had received the kidney from the recipient by 10am and were it not for the complications, they could have completed the operation much earlier.

The exercise took long because one of the recipient’s blood vessels had a clot and thus could not immediately sustain the huge amount of blood flow required.

Earlier Embu hospital was delighted as they had achieved a milestone after becoming the first county-run health facility to carry out the first ever successful kidney transplant in the County witnessed by Embu Governor Martin Wambora among other specialists from the facility.

The exercise began on Thursday at around 8am, ending around same time on Friday and it involved a 39- year old teacher who had received the organ from his brother.

In an earlier communication, the recipient was said to be recuperating at the ICU, breathing on his own, while his brother, the donor, could be seen walking around the medical facility as family members and friends waited, according to the doctors.

An elated Embu County Health Executive member Dr. Jamleck Muturi said experts from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital have been training local doctors as they prepared for the transplant.

He said they expect more of such procedures to be done at the facility, adding that 30 patients were already lined up for the procedure.

Already, 109 patients are currently undergoing dialysis at Embu Level Five hospital and the county has already secured one neurologist from Cuba.

The Hospital early 2018 made another milestone after conducting the first brain surgery and have up to date conducted more than 50 of such procedures.

Source: Kenya News Agency