Friday, January 19, 2018

Organ donation saves 2 lives

A dead man gave life to two persons yesterday after his kidneys were removed by doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) confirmed that two kidneys were removed from a deceased donor whose heart was still beating yesterday morning.

“This procedure was a culmination of the efforts of the staff of the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Theatre as well as other support services,” SWRHA stated.

SWRHA chief executive officer, Anil Gosine, told the Express he was unable to release the identity of the patient who died.

The SWRHA stated that the generosity of the patient’s relatives during their time of grief was worth special mention as it was “a true act of altruism.”

Transplant procurement manager at the San Fernando General Hospital, Prisca Bradshaw, said the two kidneys will benefit two persons with chronic renal failure, and improve their quality of life.

She commended Dr Anand Chatoorgoon, the hospital’s medical director, for his assistance in facilitating this new and stimulating process at San Fernando General Hospital.

It is estimated that between 350 and 400 new patients need kidney dialysis in Trinidad and Tobago, some suffering with stage five, or end-stage kidney disease, with an estimate last year that 750 persons were on dialysis at any one time.

The SWRHA has encouraged members of the public to register to save a life and become an organ donor.

For further information call 800-DONOR or download the application form at