Iraqi Footballer, After 3 Renal Failures, now Lives With 5 Kidneys
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09 February 2011
By Soumita Majumdar
Mohammed Abdul Ameer Mahadi, 30, a native of Iraq and national–level football player, is living with five kidneys after three donations from his father and two brothers.
He underwent the third transplant operation in a city hospital recently.
Ameer, a victim of glomerulonephritis, a common form of infection affecting kidneys, suffered his first renal failure 10 years ago. His father happily donated kidney then. Five years later, when he had a second renal failure, his eldest brother came forward to help.
When Ameer suffered renal failure for the third time, his elder brother offered his kidney.
But the doctor treating Ameer at Baghdad recommended him to Dr Mohan Keshavamurthy, consultant urologist and transplant surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Bangalore.
"Ameer came to us with a third renal failure. Kidney transplant was the only realistic option for us to preserve his quality of life. Since he had already undergone two transplants and had four kidneys, finding space for the fifth one posed a challenge. We made space between the first and second kidney on the right side in the vicinity of the bladder for the fifth kidney," explained Dr Keshavamurthy.
The surgery went on for three hours.
"We had to follow a precise procedure as the existing transplant kidneys cannot be taken out due to technical reasons, as it holds high chance of blood loss and can critically affect the patient during or post surgery," he added.
Ameer, a student by profession, is doing well post surgery and within 36 hours of surgery, his creatinine levels have hit normal. The two bothers are fit to fly back to their native next week. Comparing the medical facilities available in Iraq with that of India, Ameer said it was incomparable.
"I am happy that I was referred to the right doctor by my doctor from Baghdad," he said.
He can resume his normal life and studies and even get back to football within six months from now, assured Dr Keshavamurthy.