Doctors successfully perform the complex transplantation during pandemic, at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur
COVID 19 pandemic has delayed most of the elective surgeries. People were apprehensive to visit the hospital due to the fear of an infection. Organ transplant surgeries took a hit during this time and the patients had to endure their condition for a longer time. Responding to the problems of the patients, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur took charge and completed kidney transplant of a patient who had earlier tested positive for COVID 19 and had recovered before undergoing the surgery. This successful kidney transplantation has given a hope to the patient and his family.
25-year-old Prabhakar (name changed) was suffering from end stage renal failure and had developed multiple health complications. Working as a driver in Tumkur, Prabhakar was undergoing dialysis for the last one year and awaiting kidney transplant for last 8 months. He came to Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur for his kidney transplantation in February this year but COVID 19 pandemic deferred all his plans and due to the lockdown and restriction on elective surgeries, the kidney transplant surgery was postponed. During this course of time while on hemodialysis, Prabhakar tested positive for COVID 19 in the month of July which further complicated the situation. He was treated for it at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur and since he had mild to moderate disease he recovered completely. His transplantation was deferred for at least 2 months since the risk of reactivation of virus was high during this period and hence not safe for transplant.