The medical team at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia, at the weekend, successfully performed two kidney transplants on two patients.
An elated Chief Medical Director of the Centre, Dr Abali Chukwu who shared the cheery news, confirmed that the kidneys were harvested in the hospital from two separate donors.
The surgeries and the transplanting were facilitated by a team of medical experts from the University of Toledo Medical Centre, Ohio in the United States of America led by Dr. Obi Ekwenna with the support of James Ogbuka Umekwe and in collaboration with FMC doctors.
The first transplanting was performed on Thursday on the kidney recipient, a 37-year- old businessman simply known as Mr Oji, a native of Ohafia, Abia State; while donor simply known as Mr Kalu, a 57-year old civil servant.
The second transplant was done on a 68-year old medical doctor and native of Umuahia whose name was given as Dr. Charles, while the kidney was harvested from a 41-year old security man who gave his name as Mr. Innocent.
Speaking after the transplanting, the team Leader/Surgeon, Dr Ekwenna described the surgeries as successful and excellent by any standard anywhere in the world and attributed the success of the feat to the dedication of the team , the hospital management and its Director, Dr. Abali Chuku.
He said,” Dr. Abali Chuku is a strong and committed leader. We met few years ago and he expressed his desire to have transplantation center in the South East Nigeria to his FMC and I pledged to assist with my Team in Toledo”.
Dr. Ekwenna also pointed out that under their partnership with the FMC Umuahia, his team will work towards transferring Skills and return to Nigeria to render more professional assistance including doing more transplantations. Speaking on the successful kidney transplantations, the Chief Medical Director of the FMC, Umuahia, Dr Chuku Abali, said that the success of the transplantation has made the hospital’s vision in Kidney Transplant Services with target to provide the cheapest most affordable and efficient destination for kidney transplantation in the South-East.
According to him, the hospital will perform 40 kidney transplantations next year and canvassed collaboration of the public in in kidney transplantation. He disclosed that his FMC got involved in Kidney transplant in 2015 when he was honoured by the University of Toledo Ohio USA along with others from other countries.
“This university is globally known for Kidney Transplantation. After my induction into its Hall of Fame, I was asked what I would want the University do for me. And I chose establishing a Kidney Center”, Abali added.
One of the two kidney recipients, Oji, expressed his gratitude to the FMC and its CMD for “providing wonderful opportunity for poor people like us without the means to go abroad for transplantation. We also thank God for using the medical team to save our lives”.
Both Mr. Oji and Dr. Charles spoke after the operations with full of thanks to the hospital management, saying the successful operation has ended their long years of agonies and pains.
Speaking further after the operation, Dr. Ekwenna confirmed that both the donors and the recipients are doing well at the hospital’s intensive care unit.