A Match Made in #HamOnt

HAMILTON-WENTWORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD | By St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
A Match Made in #HamOnt
NagaMani Turaga’s kidney was successfully transplanted into her husband, Bhargav Turaga, during a live-streaming of the surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, which reached more than 121,000 Facebook users. This is the first time St. Joe’s has live-streamed a surgery and is believed to be a first for live-streaming a kidney transplant in Canada.

“The donor surgery and the transplant surgery went off without a hitch. Both patients are doing fantastic with the transplant working immediately and the kidney functioning well,” said transplant surgeon, Dr. Anil Kapoor.

St. Joe’s is a regional specialist in kidney care and undertakes more than 100 transplants a year. The hospital follows about 1,200 successful transplant patients, and does both live-donor and deceased-donor transplants.

NagaMani underwent surgery to remove one of her kidneys at 9 a.m. this morning. At the same time, St. Joe’s began its discussion about kidney disease, kidney health and the transplant process through social media. At 1:30 p.m., the transplant operation began for Bhargav, with St. Joe’s live-streaming the surgery on Facebook Live in between further educational materials. The operation ended successfully just over two hours later. Continue reading
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