Baby’s kidneys used in transplant

Baby’s kidneys used in transplant


The kidneys of a five-week-old baby have been successfully transplanted into a woman dying of renal failure, making the infant the youngest organ donor in Britain. The baby had suffered heart failure after an infection, but doctors were able to transplant the tiny kidneys into Samira Kauser, a 22-year-old healthcare assistant from Halifax, West Yorkshire.


Kauser told the Sunday Times: "Words cannot express the gratitude I feel to the parents of this baby. My life was standing still, now I can live it. "They have lost so much more than I can ever comprehend. Their only solace is that someone else has been able to carry on with their life. It is a massive gift."


Due to a shortage in donors, surgeons are using babies younger than two months old despite the distress of asking parents if they will consider donation. The seven-hour operation took place at St James's university hospital in Leeds and was carried out by transplant surgeon Niaz Ahmad.


Ahmad told the newspaper that previously surgeons had not used such young donors, but owing to the organ shortage they were now prepared to use them. The paper reports that the kidneys, heart, liver and lungs all have the potential, even before birth, to be transplanted into an adult.

The Guardian, 14th October, 2013

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