Desiree has been a renal patient for many years. She underwent the first renal transplantation more than a decade ago and now since her creatinine levels had started to increase again, the local doctors in Trinidad and Tobago suggested that it is time to go for another kidney transplant.
She came to India in early 2019 for a kidney transplant surgery, however, it was not performed since she had antibodies against her sisters’ blood type and it was discovered during the pre-transplantation work-up. So the team in India suggested her plasmapheresis, which she was not very keen to opt for due to the difference in the cost and also the associated risks.
She contacted MediGence while she was there in India to known what options she has abroad and if she can be listed in the kidney exchange program in any of the countries. The team reached back to her to understand her requirement and know more about the clinical status. They recommended her Turkey for the kidney exchange program, however, the family decided to return to Trinidad at the time and decide later.
Desiree contacted the team again after a few months after having made up their mind to proceed ahead and get re-evaluation done to see if the antibody levels have changed or if she needs to be on the kidney exchange program along with her sister.
She had decided to explore options from Turkey and therefore, the team consulted nephrology and kidney transplant teams across different hospitals and she decided to proceed ahead with Istinye University LIV Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey.
The team did explain to her that she and her sister will be subjected to investigations, after which it will be decided whether they can proceed ahead with transplantation or some additional treatment is required before that.
They arrived in Turkey and were picked up and accommodated by the hospital team, The round of investigations began and the doctors realized that the level of antibodies had gone down significantly and that she would only need one or two sessions of plasmapheresis and then they can proceed with transplantation.
She and her family were completely satisfied with the opinion as well as the recommendations of the team and they decided to go ahead with it.
The kidney transplant was carried out about two weeks after their arrival and she continued to recover and get better afterward with each passing day. Post-operative tests were conducted every other day to see that everything is okay and that she has accepted the organ from her sister.
Desiree and her family were completely satisfied and happy with the overall clinical guidance and services provided by MediGence as well as the hospital.
Team MediGence wishes him a very happy and healthy future.