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RSCM records first successful kidney transplant on child

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, April 18, 2013 | 02:53 pm

Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM) in Jakarta has performed its first successful kidney transplant on a child, an official has announced.

RSCM president director CH Soejono said the hospital had successfully transplanted a kidney taken from a 21-year-old living donor to Cliff Yehezkiel Mambu, 12, on March 13.

'€œConducting kidney transplants on children is more difficult than transplants for adult patients. In Indonesia, this was the first ever kidney transplant for a child and it was successful,'€ Soejono said in a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The surgery was performed by a surgical team led by Endang Susalit, the hospital'€™s kidney and hypertension specialist.

For adult patients, the RSCM has performed several kidney transplants since 2010.

The child in this case, Cliff, suffers from stage-five kidney disease, the last stage of chronic kidney disease; however, the leading cause of his illness remains unknown. He was first diagnosed with kidney disease in 2010.

At first, Cliff'€™s parents, James Mambu and Serli Katili, sought medical help from a hospital in Malaysia before deciding to take their son to the RSCM for the transplant after a compatible living donor was found.

Preparations for the surgery took place from December 2012 to January 2013.

Taralan Tambunan, a kidney and hypertension specialist paediatrician, said that one month after the surgery, no rejection to the new organ was found in Cliff'€™s body. His physical condition was improving every day, he added.

'€œThere is no blood in his urine and his blood pressure is almost back to normal. However, we will keep monitoring his condition,'€ he said. (ebf)