Kidney transplantation is a major procedure conducted on patients with faulty renal function due to end-stage renal disease. In this procedure, a healthy kidney from a suitable donor is transplanted into the patient’s body to restore normal renal function.
Mr Kisagero Rhobi from Tanzania was one such patient with end-stage kidney disease. He had been on dialysis since months when his daughter, Bahadi, got in touch with MediGence for assistance regarding her father’s treatment.
Mr Kisagero, 50, is a resident of Tanzania. His daughter Bahadi raised an inquiry regarding his father’s treatment abroad because of the unavailability of proper medical facilities in her home country.
With so many options to consider, Bahadi and her father decided to finally consider India as their destination because of affordable pricing and better healthcare. As soon as the team at MediGence received the inquiry from Bahadi on behalf of her father, the Patient Care representative got in touch with her to know details about her father.
During the discussion, Bahadi informed that her aunt (her father’s sister) would be the donor for her father. She shared the complete medical history of her father and also shared the reports for further review and opinion. The team at MediGence promised Bahadi that they would get back to her within 24 hours with a firm opinion on the medical reports and the total costing for the treatment.
About the Patient’s Medical Condition (Pre-treatment)
Mr Kisagero was on dialysis when Bahadi got in touch with MediGence. His health had been deteriorating day by day, which really worried about the family. Even the local doctor in Tanzania had advised that he needs urgent kidney transplantation and that he is referred to a medical facility abroad to seek treatment.
Considering the criticality of the situation, the team at MediGence quickly took an action to assist the family who was in need of some urgent help.
As promised, the team at MediGence got back to Bahadi within 24 hours of her approaching the team for assistance. Bahadi was provided with a detailed opinion on her father’s medical condition and a confirmation that yes, he can travel for the surgery.
She was also given information pertaining to the hospital and the doctor and the costs associated at each hospital. She ended up selecting BLK Hospital for the treatment of her father because of the best costing that the team had negotiated and the overall facilities provided by them.
Bahadi, along with her father and aunt, travelled to India on November 10, 2018. She was picked up by the Patient Care representative from MediGence and safely dropped at the hotel, where a reservation for them was made by the team.
After all the pre-investigations, the transplantation surgery was finally conducted on December 22nd, 2018. Mr. Kisagero has been discharged from the hospital and is currently recuperating. They are planning to head back to Tanzania on January 17th, 2019.
Mr Kisagero and his sister attended their first consultation with the kidney transplant surgeon at BLK Hospital on the very next day of their arrival in the country. The surgeon wrote a prescription for the tests required before the surgery. In the meantime, a dialysis session was also planned for Mr Kisagero to maintain his health by the time transplantation is planned.
The team at MediGence helped the family prepare the documentation for the Ethics Committee. They realized that they had not brought all the documents that they were advised to. However, they were given a fresh set of the list with documentation to prepare, which they got done in coordination with their relatives back in Tanzania.
In the meantime, all of the investigations were done for the patient and the donor. The HLA, unfortunately, did not match and therefore, the doctor ordered a DNA fingerprinting test for the patient and the donor to confirm and prove that they are actually related to each other. The patient’s family has explained the benefits of this test and its importance in clearing the Ethics Committee Meeting.
After the documentation was prepared and the test reports were ready, the complete papers were submitted for the Ethics Committee Review. The committee finally announced its decision and gave approval for the surgery on December 13 and Mr Kisagero and his sister were finally admitted on December 21, 2018.
Just before the surgery, the blood pressure of the donor increased abnormally because of which she had to be kept in the recovery for a few hours. They were transferred to the operation theatre after her blood pressure stabilized. The surgery was completed successfully and they both were transferred to the recovery room in the evening and to their rooms the next day in the morning.
Patient’s Medical Condition (Post-treatment)
The donor was made to walk after one day of the surgery. The patient was also made to walk after a day. His parameters started to normalize and were given special attention throughout his recovery at the hospital. The overall recovery of the patient and the donor was uncomplicated.
The donor is completely fit to fly back and the patient is yet to attend a couple of follow-ups with the doctor. MediGence wishes both Mr Kisagero and his sister a speedy recovery and a very healthy life ahead.