Date
18 January 2017
A Prince of Wales Hospital doctor and three of the kidney patients (inset) are shown in this picture taken Tuesday just weeks after the marathon procedure. Photos: HKEJ, Skypost
A Prince of Wales Hospital doctor and three of the kidney patients (inset) are shown in this picture taken Tuesday just weeks after the marathon procedure. Photos: HKEJ, Skypost

Marathon kidney transplants make Hong Kong medical history

Surgeons in Hong Kong’s Prince of Wales Hospital performed six kidney transplants within 96 hours in March, setting a medical record.

The procedures benefited patients with end-stage kidney failure and involved hundreds of medical personnel, am730 reported Wednesday.

Twenty other patients received organs including bones, livers and corneas from three dead women donors.

Transplant coordinator Tong Yuen-fan said one of the women was a registered donor while the families of the other two agreed to donate the organs of their dead relatives after consultations with the hospital.

The six kidney patients, aged between 29 and 59, had been on dialysis for more than four years while awaiting new kidneys.

About 2,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplant, according to Hospital Authority data.

One patient, surnamed Ng, 46, said he had waited nearly five years and was just happy to get a new lease on life.

Prof. Philip Li, the hospital’s transplant committee chairman, said transplant must be made within 16 hours after a kidney is harvested from a donor or it will be unusable.

In the latest cases, each procedure lasted four to five hours, the first time in Hong Kong that six kidney transplants were carried out in four days, he said.

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