Mangaluru: Kidney diseases have so far been underestimated in many respects: most people are not aware of their impaired kidney function. In general, kidney diseases are “silent diseases”, most often there are no apparent early symptoms. Many people with kidney diseases are not aware that they have been living with higher risks of cardiovascular diseases, infections, hospitalizations, and of course kidney failure which requires dialysis or transplantation. Five kidney transplants have been done at the Father Muller Medical College Hospital.
Two such cases of heart touching and generosity were witnessed at the Father Muller Medical College Hospital where recently two kidney transplants took place. The following are the two cases that presented themselves at the hospital:
Case1: Mother’s Love
A case of Mr. Immanuel, 35 years hailing from Hassan who worked his own events business was stricken with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2018. He hailed from a small family where his father who is bedridden for the past 5 years and a mother who is a home-maker takes care of his father and the household.
Immanuel married Mrs. Smitha, who worked for an NGO as clerical staff, has a 5-year-old kid Baby Shyni. With the health and economic situation getting worse, he was referred to Father Muller Hospital by a well-wisher. He was under the treatment of Dr. Manjunath J (Nephrologist) who patiently guided the family through the process of dialysis and then helped them register themselves into the Government Jeeva Sarthakathe for a suitable kidney transplant. As his health declined by the day, Immanuel’s mother found it hard to see her son suffering and the family falling apart.
Mrs. Jayasheela, aged 58 years volunteered to donate her kidney to her son so that his family may prosper and he could work for the family. She was counseled by Dr. Manjunath J and the Transplant Co-ordinator Ms. Reshma Carol D’Sa and the necessary procedures and protocols were followed as per the Government Directives for a related donor Kidney transplant.
From Left to Right: Seated: Dr. Manjunath J, Dr. Manjunath Shetty, Mr. Immanuel (son), Rev Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, Rev Fr Richard A Coelho, Mrs. Jayasheela (mother), Dr. Uday Kumar, Dr. Radesh Hegde. Standing: Ms. Reshma Carol D’Sa, Mrs. Molly Dias, Mr. Tara Machado, Sr Janet D’Souza, Dr. Ananth, Dr. Harshavadrdhan, Dr. Amith D’Souza, Dr. Nandakishore, Dr. Pramod G R, Dr. Anuj Mahajan, Dr. Janine Miranda, Dr. Devashish Choubey.
The transplant was conducted on 01/12/2019. The patient was kept under observation for 2 weeks and has been discharged on 28th February 2020 in stable condition with normal renal function and good urine output. The coordinated efforts by Dr. Manjunah Shetty (Urologist), Dr. Manjunath J (Nephrologist), Dr. Amith D’Souza (Nephrologist), Dr. Pramod G R (Nephrologist), Dr. Nandakishore, Dr. Prashanth Adiga & Dr. Vivek Pai (all Urologists) and team including that of the Management of FMCI in optimizing the cost of treatment has uplifted the spirit and rejuvenated the life of Mr. Immanuel. He gives thanks for this new lease on life to his mother’s eternal love and the support of his wife and family through the most agonizing period of life.
Mrs. Jayasheela had to undergo the necessary investigation and shift to Mangalore for 3 months. She had to shed 10kgs of weight and be counseled and then only was she was declared fit for a voluntary donation of her kidney. Her giving as a mother knew no bounds in her son’s newly gotten health. She was supported by the ever-caring team of doctors and para-clinical staff along with the management.
Case 2: A Sister’s love
Devotion to the creator does not make sense if there is no reverence to His creation. This dictum comes true in the donation of life to a Nun by a Nun. In the mid of 2016 Sr Irene Laldinmawii, then 40 years suffered a bout of kidney ailments and was under medication for the same in Mizoram. She served in the congregation of Ursaline Sisters and was in Italy serving the people.
Later on, she transfered to Mangalore where she was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and underwent regular dialysis and therapy under Dr. Manjunath J (Nephrologist). It was suggested to her to undergo a kidney transplant and she was initiated into the paperwork. She registered herself in the government organ pool for the same.
Sr Aurea D’Souza 66 years who stayed in the same Holy Rosary Covent at Jeppu was moved by Sr Irene’s plight. Sr Irene as a young novitiate on joining the congregation was under the spiritual guidance of Sr Aurea and was her most loved student. The bond of sisterly love and the Love of Jesus Christ prompted her to donate her kidney for the good health of her young student.
This intention was indicated to Dr. Manjunath J and Dr. Pramod G R, who were perplexed. He put the nuns under the Organ transplant coordinator for the documentation. This allograft procedure required tireless efforts by the team of doctors and precise documentation and verifications. On one such verification in Malleswaram, Bengaluru at the State Operation Committee Human Organ Transplant, the officer exclaimed that it was the first time that he had come across such a case, where one religious person was offering to donate her kidney to another religious person with the sole intent of helping her in accordance with the teachings and love of Jesus. The case officer saw no other impediments in the donation and approved the same in record time. Perhaps it was God's intervention in a man-made process!
From Left to Right: Seated: Dr. Manjunath J, Dr. Manjunath Shetty, Sr Irene Laldinmawi (recipient), Rev Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, Rev Fr Richard A Coelho, Sr Aurea D’Souza (Donor), Dr. Uday Kumar, Dr. Radesh Hegde. Standing: Ms. Reshma Carol D’Sa, Mrs. Molly Dias, Mr. Tara Machado, Sr Janet D’Souza, Dr. Ananth, Dr. Harshavadrdhan, Dr. Amith D’Souza, Dr. Nandakishore, Dr. Pramod G R, Dr. Anuj Mahajan, Dr. Janine Miranda, Dr. Devashish Choubey
The transplant took place on 16/02/2020 and with an observation period of 3 weeks, the patient was discharged in stable condition on 6th March 2020 and is presently in good health. Both the Nuns are hale and hearty and are back at work in the service of Christ.
They were treated by the Team of Dr Manjunah Shetty (Urologist), Dr Manjunath J (Nephrologist), Dr Amith D’Souza (Nephrologist), Dr Pramod G R (Nephrologist), Dr Nandakishore, Dr Prashanth Adiga & Dr Vivek Pai (all Urologists) and team with the support of the management of FMCI.
The Medical Superintendent FMMCH, Dr. Uday Kumar extended his support and cooperation to the team as and when required, holding internal hospital committee meetings to ascertain clean and honest transplants between the donor and the recipients.
The Father Muller Medical College Hospital has time and again tried to spread awareness of organ donation. The Father Muller Hospital has its Transplant Coordinators who liaison with the District Organ Transplant Commission which functions under the DC of Mangaluru. Dr. Kelvin Peter Pais (Liaison Officer) and Ms. Reshma Carol D’Sa do this on behalf of the hospital.
The Father Muller Charitable Institutions has been at the forefront of health innovations with the latest technology and affordable prices for the public. The mission and vision encompassed in its motto of “heal and comfort” has been succor in this part of the country for many patients.
We request people to come forward to donate organs or the organs of the brain dead cases for the suffering. The Father Muller Medical College Hospital puts on record its thanks and heartfelt appreciation to its staff and the team of transplant surgeons and technicians for helping the patients and their donors through their trauma and providing humane, holistic and high-quality pre-procedure and post-operative medical care to the patients, because of which they are able to fulfill their life's mission.
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