1st kidney transplant in Zambo successful PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 17:04

The first kidney (renal) transplant in Western Mindanao last October 1, 2011, at the Western Mindanao Medical Center (WMMC) was a success. It was performed on a 45-year old man by a team of local doctors and medical staff of WMMC. The donor was his 41-year -old cousin. 

Most of the patients who have undergone this major operation are back to their normal lives.

WMMC was granted an accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH) last August after it passed the stringent government requirements that allow hospitals to conduct this major and delicate medical surgical procedure.  This is the first hospital in the Zamboanga Peninsula region permitted to perform this risky medical operation.
Kidney transplant is the alternative medical treatment for people whose kidneys have totally failed to function and who are not getting better with dialysis sessions. Dialysis is a lifetime and costly medical procedure that uses a hemodialysis machines to filters the kidneys. It is performed 2 or 3 times weekly that debilitate the lives of kidney patients.

Presently, kidney transplant is being operated in big hospitals in Manila and other major cities that have high medical charges. Patients from the provinces and their loved ones have to spend more for their travel, food and accommodations. It will now cost less and more convenient for kidney patients in this city and Zamboanga Peninsula to seek full medical attention at WMMC.

The five-hour operation was led by Dr. Jason Sangkula, Dr. Michael Abutazil, Dr. John Alehajal, Dr. Tatad Kalbit, Dr. Neik Gallenero, Dr. Albert Tan, and Dr. Paterno Cabrera Jr. The patient and his donor have been responding well to post-operation medications and are under medical observations and strictly isolated to avoid infections. The patient can go back to his normal life once his body accepts and adjust to the new kidney according to WMMC Board President Dr. Paterno Cabrera Jr.

An informative program was held at ATOA Restaurant last Saturday before the operation. Local doctors and medical staff were updated about kidney transplant by Dr. Antonio Paraiso, Operation Manager of DOH Philippine Organ Donation Program, and by Dr. Benito Puruganan, Chairman of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. Both doctors were confident of the WMMC medical facilities and trust the competence of WMMC doctors to transplant kidneys.

Mayor Celso Lobregat was elated for this mark a milestone in the medical history of Asia’s Latin City. The operation was made possible too with the support from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.