The Government Medical College Hospital at Aasaaripallam here has performed its first renal transplant surgery.

When Selvam, 28, of Nagercoil was screened a year ago, doctors found that he was suffering from 'end-stage renal failure' for which regular haemodialysis is the only temporary solution to keep him alive. Even as he was undergoing the procedure regularly to remove toxic substances or metabolic waste from blood, he was advised to go in for kidney transplantation, which would require at least ₹ 7 lakh if it is done in a private hospital.

As his mother Thillaimani, 65, offered to donate her kidney to save her son, she underwent comprehensive evaluation for her medical fitness and matching for transplant surgery. After getting approval from the ethical committee, a team was formed to perform the procedure on September 3 under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme free of cost.

The team included nephrologists Padmakumar and Arun Varghese, urologists Frank Davis and Selvakumar, vascular surgeon Rajesh, anaesthesiologists Edward Johnson, Rajinish, Annie Geetha and Premakumari and doctors from Madurai Medical College, Rathnavel, Manimaran, Arul and Karthik and surgeon Jayalal performed the surgery with the guidance of Resident Medical Officer Arumugavelan.

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