Monday, March 30, 2015

A first kidney exchange in Argentina

Julio Elias writes:

"yesterday was performed the first kidney exchange in Argentina.
It was a two-way kidney exchange. The four surgeries were performed at Fundacion Favaloro in Buenos Aires, a very well known Hospital and Research Center in Argentina. The 4 patients are in good condition after the surgery.

Even though the kidney exchanges (donacion cruzada) is not legislated in Argentina yet, and not considered in the Law of Transplants (Ley Nacional de Trasplantes), a judge authorized them to do it, after they presented an appeal.

There were some attempts to modify the law in 2012 and 2013 to incorporate the possibility of Kidney Exchanges, but it didn't go through. So, I think that this exchange may help to develop kidney exchanges in Argentina.

This kidney exchange received a lot of attention in the news because one of the recipient was Jorge Lanata, one of the most famous journalist in Argentina.

Fundacion Favaloro, the center where they did the transplants, was founded in 1975 by Rene Favaloro, best known for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass surgery."

Here are some articles in Spanish, which Google Translate does a reasonable job of making comprehensible (while showing the limitations that machine translation still labors under)

News in Spanish about First Kidney Exchange in Argentina
-        JorgeLanata fue trasplantado de un riñón en la Fundación Favaloro (Jorge Lanata was transplanted a kidney in the Favaloro Foundation), Diario La Nacion, Argentina, March 29,2015.

-        Enuna operación inédita, Jorge Lanata recibió un trasplante de riñón (In an unprecedented operation, Jorge Lanata received a kidney transplant), Diario Clarin, Argentina, March 28, 2015.

-        ParteMédico del Trasplante Renal con Donantes Vivos Intercambiados (Medical Reports of the Kidney Exchange), Fundacion Favaloro ( ), Argentina, March 28, 2015.

-        A video where the journalist Jorge Lanata explains everything about the transplant exchange some days before the surgery.

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