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Non-related kidney donation now possible

Kidney patients in Sri Lanka can obtain kidneys from live non-related donors and cadaveric donors without problem. It was earlier possible to obtain a kidney only from a relation, monk or a priest. The Government bears the entire cost of surgeries, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the first ever non-related kidney donation and transplant was conducted at the Kandy Teaching Hospital where a 32-year-old father of two donated a kidney to a non-related war hero.

Both donor and recipient are in good health after surgery. There are 1,000 donors in the database. They have registered to donate kidneys for patients who need kidneys, the spokesman said.

Around 20 main Government hospitals now register kidney donors countrywide. The hospitals are Colombo National Hospital, Kalubowila, Ragama, Karapitiya, Kandy and Kurunegala Teaching Hospitals, Anuradhapura, Badulla and Ratnapura Provincial General Hospitals, Ampara, Kegalle, Negombo, Nawalapitiya, Matara, Dambulla and several District General Hospitals and Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital.

These hospitals have computer facilities to register the donors in the database, he said.

The new system will ease difficulties of kidney patients. The implementation of the National Organ Donor Program which includes transplantation of kidneys to patients with chronic kidney diseases is supported by the National Kidney Foundation of Sri Lanka and the Kidney Transplant Support Foundation, he added.

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