Don”t worry mum, I know what I”m doing! Transplant surgeon becomes first ever to donate his own kidney after mother falls illDr Asim Syed saved life of his mother Dilshad when she was just months from death
A transplant surgeon at a leading hospital has saved his mother”s life by donating one of his own kidneys.
It is thought to be the first time in the world that a transplant doctor has donated an organ.
Dr Asim Syed, 32, has performed more than 100 operations at London”s Hammersmith Hospital in the country”s busiest transplant unit, but never imagined that he would one day become a donor himself.
He stepped forward when told his 64-year-old mother Dilshad, who had been on dialysis for five years, might be dead within months unless she got a new kidney.
Family affair: Transplant surgeon Dr Asim Syed (right) saved his mother Dilshad”s life by donating one of his own kidneys for a procedure at Hammersmith Hospital in London where he works
The worried surgeon brought her to London from her home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, to be cared for at his hospital.
Just hours after donating his own kidney, Dr Syed found himself recovering in bed next to his mother and two other patients on whom he had recently operated.
Mrs Syed said: “When I came round from my operation Asim was in the next bed and the first thing he said was: “Mum now all your worries are over”.”
Other members of the family were either not a correct match for Mrs Syed or were not fit enough to donate.
At present 9,150 people in Britain are waiting for a kidney transplantIn the last 12 months there have been 2,687 kidney transplantsLiving donors were responsible for 1,027 and 1,667 transplants came from dead donorsThere were 39 pooled or paired transplants
However,it was not all plain sailing. Tests showed Dr Syed was the wrong blood group, so the only way for him to donate directly was for his mother togo through a special blood-washing process to remove antibodies that would reject his kidney.
Heconsulted colleagues about blood-washing, but they were reluctant to use the method because the risk of rejection is still too high.
Dr Syed and his mother were then advised to consider a new way of donating and receiving, called an organ-paired or pooled donation.
This is where would-be donors who are not a correct match can find a correct match through an anonymous donor chain.
Dr Syed donated his kidney to an unknown person and another donor in the chain was a successful match for his mother.
The chain of three transplants – involving three donors and three recipients from three transplant centres – took place simultaneously on July 31 with Dr Syed”s kidney going to a recipient in the Midlands and Mrs Syed receiving her kidney from a person in the south of England.
Now mother and son are recovering wellwith Dr Syed already back at work. Mrs Syed is staying with him for several months while the hospital monitors her progress.
Dr Syed with his mother and father Azmat, who is also a doctor. Just hours after donating his own kidney, Dr Syed found himself recovering in bed next to his mother and two other patients on whom he had recently operated
He said: “I did what anyone would do when they see a relative suffering but it wasn”t as straightforward as we had hoped.
“A pooled donation was the only way of guaranteeing mum would get a transplant quickly.
“Although I wasn”t able to help mum directly, by agreeing to be part of a chain you all help each other. /12/21/article-2076940-0F3E7F6600000578-893_468x341.jpg” width=”468″ height=”341″ alt=”Dr Syed works at Hammersmith Hospital (pictured), where his boss operated on him and his mother to perform the kidney transplant” class=”blkBorder” />
Dr Syed works at Hammersmith Hospital (pictured), where his boss operated on him and his mother to perform the kidney transplant
Dr Syed”s father Azmat, 69, who has been a GP in Doncaster for 36 years, said: “We were reluctant for Asim to donate because he is young, but his sister and older members of the family weren”t suitable for donation.
“My wife really needed a transplant and Asim was aware that being on dialysis is not a bed of roses. It”s far from ideal and a lot of patients find leading a normal life quite difficult.”
Dr Syed Jr said: “People think that once you are on dialysis your life is not at risk. When I looked at the statistics I was quite shocked.
“Only 30 per cent of dialysis patients survive to five years and at ten years only ten per cent are alive.
“Being on dialysis is not good for the body because not all the toxins are removed and because people are not dialysed often enough.
“Patients only go on dialysis three times a week in hospital because there are not enough machines. Ideally patients should dialyse every day or five or six times a week.”
Dr Syed”s boss, Professor Nadey Hakim, performed both transplants.
He said: “What a magnificent gesture. Asim knows how vital it is to get more live donors. When his mum needed help he knew what he had to do.”
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