Hospital waives fees to motivate male kidney donors

  • organ transplantation
- Anup Ojha, BHAKTAPUR
Hospital waives fees to motivate male kidney donors

Dec 9, 2014-

Thirty-three-year-old Jarina Shrestha had lost hope for survival after both her kidneys failed two years ago. She, however, got a new life after her brother donated a kidney for her a few days ago at the Bhaktapur-based Human Organ Transplant Centre.

She was also the first woman to get kidney from a male donor at the health facility that saw 55 kidney transplantations since its establishment two years ago.

Jarina, mother of a 12-year old son and permanent resident of Basantapur, said she was undergoing dialysis after her kidneys failed. “My husband and in-laws’ family didn’t show interest in kidney donation. I know my husband was ready to re-marry instead of donating his kidney for me,” she said.

She said she got new kidney mainly because of her son and the hospital’s decision to waive Rs 50,000 in service charge to motivate male donors.

“Ever since he (son) knew that my kidneys failed, after returning home from school every day, he would ask whether I found a relative to donate kidney for me,” she said, adding, “He also used to request every relative to donate me kidney. He himself announced that he would donate his kidney, but that was not possible due to his age.”

Dr Divya Singh, senior nephrologist at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, said men are considered the breadwinner in Nepali families and this is the main reason males do not donate their kidney to others.

Jarina said her brother Sudhir Shrestha, 38, donated his left kidney after he was moved by the words of the little boy.

She and her brother were discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. Doctors said her health condition is improving now.

Kidney transplant surgery at the centre costs around Rs 350,000, including the service charge. Jarina, who has a small shop selling clothes at Indra Chowk, said as neither she nor her family members could afford that amount.

“I was able to manage the amount only after my school friends in Shanti Nikunja School Basantapur--Sangita Limbu and Arju Limbu--sent Rs 300,000 from the UK and another friend Suprita Manandhar from Australia offered me Rs 100,000,” she said. “Though I was reluctant to seek help, I approached my friends as I had to live for my son.”

Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, chief at the hospital, said they are campaigning to motivate male members to donate their kidneys to save the lives of women. He said most men in South East Asia are reluctant to donate their kidneys to women. “It shows that we are far behind when it comes to gender equality in kidney donation. But, we hope to see more male donors after the awareness campaign,” he said.

Published: 10-12-2014 09:04

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