India’s First Bloodless Kidney Transplant Successfully Conducted at Moolchand
Bloodless surgery eliminates adverse effects, lowers infection rates and minimises immunosuppression, resulting in shorter hospital stay and more cost-effective treatment, with no need for special equipment.
A first of its kind bloodless kidney transplant surgery was successfully conducted at Moolchand Hospital, New Delhi, on May 3, 2011. With this, Moolchand has set a new benchmark in organ transplantation. A dedicated team led by Dr Ramesh Kumar, senior consultant and advisor in nephrology and transplantation, Dr H S Bhatyal, senior transplant surgeon and Dr Vijay Langer, senior consultant, anesthesiology accomplished this feat with improvisation and innovation in healthcare with no blood transfusion.
Doctors were approached by members of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian sect who seek out quality healthcare and accept most medical treatments, but for religious reasons, do not accept blood transfusion and hence requested non-blood alternatives. With the patient’s haemoglobin count as low as 30 per cent of normal levels, ie., 4.2 Hb, any operative procedure was nearly impossible for anaesthesia. Any major surgical procedure like organ transplantation posed an increased danger. In this case, the lives of both the recipient and the donor were at risk as any failure would affect both of them. Dr Ramesh Kumar, Senior Consultant and Advisor in Nephrology and Transplantation, Moolchand Renal Care & Dialysis said, “We respect their religious values with ethics and provide medical care of high standards. After the transplant, both the donor and the recipient are fine and stable and can now lead normal lives and will be discharged in two-three days. This bloodless surgery provides shorter hospital stay, cost-effective treatment, does not require special equipment, eliminate adverse effects, lower infection rates and minimise immunosuppression, etc. and can be a miracle for the patients seeking kidney transplant.”