DHR celebrates Donate Life Month, aims to transplant kidneys by the summer

THE MONITOR | Daniel A Flores
Dr. Mourad Alsabbagh, medical director for the Renaissance Transplant Institute, talks about the new center Friday April 15, 2016 in Edinburg. photo by Nathan Lambrecht

Jorge Garcia was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1996 and spent three and a half years on hemodialysis.

“It was very difficult because the treatment just drains you,” said Garcia of his three-times-a-week, four-hour treatments.

But dialysis can only keep patients alive for so long, said Dr. Jose Almeda, transplant director at Renaissance Transplant Institute.

Almeda called transplants “life-saving” operations, and the institute hopes to perform kidney transplants by mid-summer. Since opening last November, the program has seen about 100 patients for pre- and post-transplant support.

The Valley’s former kidney transplant program, South Texas Transplant Center, closed last January.

“Because of the high amount of obesity in our population with diabetes, we have to have this in order to help them,” Almeda said. Continue reading

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