KASKI, June 24: The Paschimanchal Regional Hospital under the Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) has conducted kidney transplantation for the first time in its history.
The kidney transplantation was conducted on a 53-year-old woman from Annapurna Rural Municipality in the district on Thursday. She was donated the organ by her husband.
It took four hours for a team of specialist doctors to transplant the kidney. The hospital has, however, not revealed the names of the organ donor and recipient.
Executive Director at PAHS, Prof Dr Bharat Bahadur Khatri shared happiness after the transplantation was conducted successfully with the cooperation of Martyr Dharmabhakta National Transplantation Centre, Bhaktapur, and the Academy. The Center's Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha and PAHS' Dr Prakash Chhetri, Dr Anup Chapagain, Dr Maya Lama, Dr Juju Shrestha and Dr Amrit KC were involved in the organ transplantation.
Earlier, kidney patients from Pokhara city and Gandaki Province had to visit the federal capital, Kathmandu, for transplantation.
The PAHS had got permission from the Human Organ Transplantation Coordination Secretariat under the Health Service Department on June 17, according to Information Officer Suman Bhattarai. The PAHS had made an agreement with the Martyr Dharmabhakta National Transplantation Centre for its role to provide necessary human resources to conduct the transplantation.
The hospital has said the entire cost of the surgery was free. The hospital now plans to expand this new service.
It is said there are around 500 kidney patients receiving the dialysis service every day in Pokhara.