Embu Level 5 Hospital performs first ever kidney transplant

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By Kenya Confidential Medical Editor, Embu, June 23, 2018

The hospital made history in January 2018 when it became the first public institution in Mt Kenya and upper Eastern region to conduct a successful brain surgery

The hospital on Friday, June 22, became the first County managed health facility to carry out a successful kidney transplant on a 36-year-old man.

The groundbreaking operation lasted 24 hours and saw the primary school teacher successfully receive the organ from his brother.

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The procedure was conducted by nephrologists from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), led by Dr Phillip Cheptinga together with a team from Embu led by the CEO Moses Njue. Photo: Daily Nation.

This was after the recipient had spent about KSh 800,000 in seeking treatment in India but that was not successful.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Moses Njue noted the recipient was recuperating at the facility’s ICU and breathing on his own and so was his brother.

The procedure was conducted by nephrologists from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Eldoret led by Dr Phillip Cheptinga together with a team from Embu led Njue.

It was witnessed by Embu Governor Martin Wambora and University of Embu deputy vice chancellor Kiplagat Kotut and Embu Health Executive Jamleck Muturi.

Embu Level 5 hospital performs first ever kidney transplant on 36-year-old man

File photo of doctors from Embu Level Five hospital after they performed the first brain surgery to remove a tumor. Photo:Citizen TV.

According to Cheptinga, the exercise took long because one of the recipient’s blood vessels had a clot and thus could not immediately sustain the huge amount of blood flow required.

Njue said the transplant’s success would open doors for more procedures while noting that 30 patients were already lined up for the same.

Already, 109 patients are currently undergoing dialysis at Embu Level 5 hospital and has already secured one neurologist from Cuba.

The hospital made history in January 2018 when it became the first public institution in Mt Kenya and upper Eastern region to conduct a successful brain surgery.

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