Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in collaboration with Transplant Links UK has performed kidney transplantation for four patients.
The three males and one female patient are currently doing well.
For each transplant, the donor of the kidney was a healthy family member. This gives the person who receives the donated kidney the chance to return to a normal life away from a kidney dialysis machine.
The donor operation was carried out through a keyhole surgery technique, which means that the patients do not have to spend long hours in hospital after the operation.
Each donor was assessed before the operation to make sure that they are fit and well, and able to safely donate one of their kidneys. It was then implanted into the relative with kidney failure, who had to take medications to prevent rejection.
Kidney failure is common in Ghana, and is often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes. Without a transplant, a patient with end-stage kidney failure must rely on many hours of dialysis per week to survive.
The Transplant Links team have worked with the Korle Bu Hospital since 2008 and many patients have already benefited.
The transplantation was funded by First Sky Group which since December 2016, has donated 11 million and a brand-new Toyota Hilux pickup to the Renal Dialysis Unit. This donation has benefited thousands of patients receiving free dialysis every week.
The transplant team at KBTH was led by surgeons Dr. Bernard Morton and Dr. James Edward Mensah and kidney specialists, Dr. Vincent Bioma and Dr. Dwomoa Adu.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital , Dr. Daniel Asare who revived the transplant programme said the objective of the revival was to build the local capacity so that it becomes a routine procedure that our surgeons perform.