Columbia Asia Hospital successfully performs ABO incompatible kidney transplant

May 30, 2019

Columbia Asia Hospital in Mysuru successfully performed two rare Blood Group Incompatible (ABOi) kidney transplants on two men, who have been on dialysis. In both cases, their wives donated the kidneys and gave them a new lease of life. ABOi transplants are considered to be extremely complex, but the doctors at the hospital made sure it was successful.

In an ABOi Incompatible kidney transplant, the blood group of the donor and the recipient do not match. In the first case, Ramakrishna, a 65-year-old, hailing from Mandya, was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2012. Prior to consulting Columbia Asia Hospital, he was treated at multiple hospitals. On the day of marriage anniversary, the couple got into kidney transplantation. Ramakrishna’s wife Mamatha donated a kidney to her husband.

The doctors later suggested for an ABOi kidney transplant, where Dr Uthappa P M, Consultant Nephrologist, prepared him with various treatments to reduce the risk of rejection. The procedure was successful and both the donor and recipient are and doing fine.
In the second case, Kodanda Ramaiah, 64- year- old retired LIC agent, was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2018 and was initiated on dialysis. His wife Kamalamma was willing to donate her kidney but was not a match. After extensive counselling on ABO incompatible transplant, the couple was prepared and taken up for the surgery. Post-surgery both Kodanda and Kamalamma are fine.

“ABOi procedure opens up possibilities of transplant for patients who have incompatible donors but it is a lot of hard work. ABOi transplants are tricky, complicated and very technical. We are happy that it all worked out for our patients. I take this opportunity to thank the huge team of healthcare professionals who worked relentlessly during the pre-conditioning stage, during the transplant surgery and during the recovery period ” said Dr Uthappa.

General Manager, Col. Rahul Tewari said, “We are very proud to do ABOi renal transplant. This signifies capabilities of the medical team, support staffs and infrastructure in Columbia Asia to perform such complex surgery in the city.”

"Life came to a standstill after I was diagnosed with kidney failure 7 years ago. I visited hospitals looking for solutions and dialysis, though lifesaving, was draining me emotionally and financially.  ABOi procedure is a new hope of life for all the kidney failure patients like me," said Ramakrishna.

“I am very thankful to the team of doctors at the hospital. I never imagined that our lives would get back to normalcy after being diagnosed with kidney failure,” Kodanda Ramaiah. (MR).