Ukrainian medics perform first kidney, liver transplantation from dead donor

Source : 112 Ukraine

The surgeries took place simultaneously
19:43, 16 July 2020

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Surgeons of Kyiv-based Institute named after Oleksandr Shalimov have successfully conducted three operations, transplanting body organs from a dead donor. Deputy Chief Doctor for Surgeries, Serhiy Bocharnikov told the press that one surgery involved transplantation of a liver, and during another two, surgeons transplanted kidneys. 

A surgery for liver transplantation could take up to 16 hours, doctors say.

"We had a kidney transplanted for a 34-year-old man who suffered from kidney failure. In the neighboring surgery room, there's a 31-year-old woman who also suffers from kidney failure, and she also has a kidney transplanted", Bocharnikov said. 

All three operations proved successful. The doctors claim many patients need such surgeries.

Related: Development of organ transplantation in Ukraine may become part of medical reform

"Unfortunately, our normative framework is not yet complete for such surgeries to be performed. We're always ready to perform such operations. but there's an issue with dead donors. So, unfortunately, they are not performed often", Bocharnikov says.

The transplantation from a dead donor is legal in Ukraine. Yet, the imperfect legislature is something that still prevents the medics from regular and frequent performance of such surgeries. Besides, civil society shows different points of view in this regard.

Related: Zelensky offers to create program for organs transplantation in Ukraine

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