Two more successful kidney transplants at GPHC
By Latoya Giles
The fourth kidney transplant surgery which was done yesterday at the Georgetown Hospital has been deemed a success by members of the medical team along with the relatives of Mohamed Shariff. The surgery lasted some ten hours.
The rice farmer, of Number Four Village, West Coast Berbice, had been on dialysis since 2007.
When this newspaper spoke to Shariff’s daughter last evening, she said that her father went into the operating theatre around 8:30hrs yesterday and came out 18:30 hrs yesterday afternoon.
She said that she was told by members from the medical team that the surgery was very successful and both recipient and donor are expected to have a speedy recovery.
“The doctors said that both persons would have a speedy recovery and their lives would be back as normal”.
Shariff received the kidney from a close female relative. She is said to be in a stable condition in the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Hospital, while Shariff is in the Intensive Care Unit.
This surgery has put an end to most Shariff’s woes which his kidney failure caused.
Shariff had said that he began his battle with kidney failure in August 2007. The surgery was spearheaded by an overseas medical team headed by Dr. Rahul Jindal.
The team comprises of transplant surgeon Dr. Edward Falta, along with other overseas doctors, they were assisted by a local team.
Shariff’s daughter, Bibi Shariff, said that her father who is a US based citizen had to return to Guyana to get the surgery done since the US embassy did not grant the donor a visa.
Shariff was the fourth individual to undergo a kidney transplant at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Yesterday Jairaj Singh (55) underwent kidney transplant surgery. According to Chief Executive Officer for the Georgetown Hospital Michael Khan, Singh’s surgery was also deemed successful.
He said that doctors are monitoring both Singh and Shariff’s conditions noting that the next couple of days would be very crucial.
The first kidney transplant was done successfully on Munesh Mangal last July, and the second recipient was Winston George on February 1, 2009.