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Shija Hospital performs 75th successful kidney transplant


Among the 75 patients, 68 were from Manipur, 6 from Nagaland, and 1 from Myanmar.

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Shija Hospitals and Research (SHRI), a premier private hospital of Manipur recently performed the 75th kidney transplantation successfully.

Speaking at a press conference held at Auditorium, Shija Hospitals, Dr Palin Khundongbam, Managing Director cum Chairman of SHRI proclaimed that the hospital has completed 75 kidney transplants by performing the 75th kidney transplant on December 7, 2022, including one ABO-incompatible transplant which is the first in Northeast India.

”Among the 75 patients, 68 were from Manipur, 6 from Nagaland, and 1 from Myanmar.The transplants were carried out by a team of experts from Shija Kidney Center, which consists of Dr. Guliver Potsangbam, Consultant Nephrologist, SHRI;Dr.Somorendro Paonam, Consultant Urologist and Renal Transplant Surgeon, SHRI, Dr. Mahele Maharabam, Consultant Urologist, SHRI;the anesthesiologist team;and other support staff of Shija,” said Dr Palin.

“The 75th transplant recipient was a 37 year old woman from Imphal West District whose husband donated the organ.After complete recovery, both the donor and recipient were discharged from the hospital on 21st December 2022. The first kidney transplant in Manipur was conducted at Shija in August 2016.Since then, Shija’s transplant waiting list has grown but with few setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.The hospital has also provided 55520 CMHT and 32700 PMJAY sponsored dialysis till date,” Dr Palin added.

Announcing that the total package of a kidney transplant at Shija is only Rs 6 lakhs which is all inclusive of the pre-transplant evaluation,the surgery itself and post transplant recovery period, Dr. Palin claimed that Shija Kidney Center offers the cheapest kidney transplant facility in the country. “Currently, the center  is equipped with state of the art dialysis technologies like CRRT, SLED etc with 41 dialysis machines. The dialysis facility at the hospital provides high quality, patient centered care and the center performs the highest number of hemodialysis in the entire North East region,’’Dr. Palin added. Further, the center also plans to start kidney transplantation from deceased or cadaveric donors in coordination with the Mohan Foundation.

Claiming to be a forefront in promoting Manipur as a destination for medical tourism, Dr.Palin also announced that Shija will be organizing a medical tourism conclave  with delegates from Japan,Myanmar,Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan,Laos and Vietnam in March this year.

Appreciating the kind support extended by all stakeholders,including the entire populace of the region for bestowing their trust upon Shija, Shija further plans to operationalise liver transplant in Manipur of which approval has already been acquired from the state government recently , Dr. Palin concluded.

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