Fortis Malar performs successful ‘SWAP’ living donor kidney transplant Solution-based approach for families who face donor-recipient blood group mismatch
Chennai, 16 November 2022: Fortis Malar, a leading hospital with a 30-year legacy in organ transplant, successfully performed a living donor kidney “SWAP transplant” – a procedure where a living kidney donor, if incompatible with a recipient in his/her own family, exchanges kidneys with another donor-recipient pair. These live donor transplants occur simultaneously, as it is essentially an exchange of organs between two families, who cannot donate to their own family member because of blood group mismatch.
This case is about two courageous women. First, a 56-year-old mother, who wanted to donate a kidney to her 30-year-old son, who had suffered kidney failure and was on dialysis. Second about a 58-year-old wife, who wanted to give a kidney to her 65-year-old husband as one of his kidneys had failed. However, there was a mismatch with their respective recipient family members, due to blood group incompatibility. The Fortis Malar team assessed the case and found that the organs could be swapped between the two families as the blood groups matched that way. Hence, the “swap transplant procedure” was recommended and both the families agreed and gave their consent. The team from Fortis Malar was led by Dr. Prabhu Kanchi, Lead Transplant Nephrologist, Dr. Kapali Neelamegam, Head of GI and organ transplant, Dr. Rajkumar, Urologist, Dr. Vidhya, Anaesthetist and Vaseekaran, Surgery Associate – who successfully performed the swap transplant. Following the procedure, the condition of both patients is stable.