Kidney transplant now costs less in Kenya

Surgeons at work at Kenyatta National Hospital. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

Doctors prefer relatives donating the kidneys

  • Experts say it is cheaper for a person suffering from kidney failure to have a transplant than do dialysis. But the donated kidney need to, preferably, come from a very close relative to minimise chances of rejection.
  • The donor should ideally be a first degree relative — brother and sister, mother and daughter or son, or father and son or daughter.
  • Second in the order of preference are an individual’s children and second degree relatives like cousins.
  • When such close relatives are used, medics say the kidney has a 96 per cent probability of working well, with the recipient losing it after 20 to 30 years of service.

Kenyans can now cancel trips to India or South Africa for kidney surgeries, and instead head to Kenyatta National Hospital where doctors have transplanted 14 kidneys in less than a year.

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