When it comes to organ donation, many myths and misconceptions are prevalent in our society and India still has a long way to go. However, in a heartening trend, more and more people are becoming aware and organ donations are slowly and steadily on the rise. In one such rare medical feat, a four-year-old girl got a new lease of life after her 70-year-old maternal great-grandmother donated a kidney to her, outlining the fact that age is irrelevant when it comes to organ donation.
Considering the age gap of almost 70 years between the donor and recipient, doctors said this is one of the rarest live organ transplants conducted. The unique double-operation was carried out at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on November 25, according to Dr. Sharad Sheth, Consultant and Head of Nephrology at KDAH. As per Sheth, the little girl, Aizah Tanvir Qureshi was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease arising out of a complication called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, which urgently needed a life-saving kidney transplant.
“Aizah is the sole child of her parents and was rushed here in a serious condition, with facial swelling in the past six months, which kept increasing along with poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. She was diagnosed with severely deranged renal function along with metabolic acidosis and was immediately put on hemodialysis, awaiting a kidney transplant,” Dr. Sheth said.
None of her family members except her aged maternal great-grandmother, Rabiya Banu M.H. Ansari, was found to be compatible, healthy plus having a matching blood group. After a thorough medical assessment considering her advanced age, doctors found her fit to donate her kidney.
After the successful transplant, both the donor woman and her great-granddaughter have been doing well for the past over three weeks, at their home in Byculla, south Mumbai. While the donor woman was discharged in five days, the recipient girl was allowed to go home after a fortnight, Sheth added.
“It was very painful to see our little Aizah undergo hours of hemodialysis almost every alternate day. We are grateful to the KDAH for giving her an opportunity to lead a normal life like other kids. Her maternal granny came as the saviour for my child,” said the child’s grateful parents, Nazneen, a housewife and Tanvir Qureshi, a businessman.
“In my 40 years practice, this is perhaps the most unique and exceptional transplant given the age and relationship of both the donor and the recipient, bridging the huge generation gap to give the child a second lease of life,” said Dr. Sheth.
(With IANS inputs)
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