Kent Hospital also has one of the most active and experienced living donor
liver transplant programs.
He congratulated the entire team on this success and emphasized upon the team to cherish this historic movement with full enthusiasm as history has been made to do the first paediatric living donor
liver transplant in Pakistan.
This milestone is a reflection of our commitment in providing a high level of support and options for patients to ensure that a transplant takes place when a medically viable living donor
steps forward," said Abecassis.
When surgeons at the hospital, run by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, carried out its first transplant using an organ from a different blood group to the recipient in 2005, it paved the way for living donors
to be used more widely.
Around one in three people who opt to be a living donor
are not a suitable match for their loved one.
Ultimately, patients who receive a transplanted kidney from a living donor
have the best outcomes.
Other factors give kidney transplants from living donors
an edge over those from cadavers: * Surgery can be scheduled at an optimal time for both the donor and recipient.
The use of living donors
should improve the outlook for infants with fatal liver disease, says transplant team leader Christoph E.
The ASTS is proud to administer the National Living Donor
Assistance Center and we are very pleased to achieve this important milestone of having more than 2000 surgeries completed by the donor utilizing the program," said Kim Gifford, ASTS executive director.
kidney transplants are the fastest growing type of solid organ transplant in the US and accounted for nearly 45 percent, or approximately 6,500, of all US kidney transplants in 2002.
For patients on the waiting list for kidney transplants, there are few certainties other than the fact that transplant is better than dialysis and a living donor
is better than a deceased one.
A kidney from a living donor
is more likely to be in a better condition which increases the likelihood of a successful transplantation.