When 75-year-old Sushila Chandnani learnt that her daughter Preeti Belani's health was failing due to renal problems, the senior citizen didn't think twice before gifting one of her kidneys to her child. Gujarat resident Sushila and 42-year-old Preeti underwent transplant surgeries at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, last week.
The mother-daughter duo's story would not be different from scores of kidney transplant cases had she waited any longer. But Preeti immediately underwent a pre-emptive transplant despite being in a condition to undergo dialysis.
According to doctors, more and more people are making the smarter choice of pre-emptive transplant thus saving their near and dear ones from painful dialysis sessions. In Preeti's case, her kidney functions were just about to deteriorate, which meant she was still fit to undergo dialysis.
"When kidney functions decline to a stage where dialysis is required, some patients are already prepared for the pre-emptive transplant. They directly go for the surgery rather than starting dialysis," said Dr Rajesh Kumar, Nephrologist, LH Hiranandani Hospital.
Sushila, a mother of four, recently learnt that her younger daughter suffered from a chronic kidney disease, which had been triggered by hypertension, and needed a transplant. After a few tests, doctors established that the senior citizen was fit to be a donor. She didn't have any age-related health complications.
"I am very happy that I was in a condition to donate a kidney. I am absolutely fine now and soon we will be getting discharged," said Sushila. Doctors say it is very uncommon that a 75-year-old and a mother of four is able to donate to a kidney.
For Preeti, only a mother can make such a sacrifice at ripe age. She said, "There is no one like a mother. She can go to any extent to save her children. With her kidney, she has given me a second life."
Dr Rajesh Kumar, nephrologist, L H Hiranandani Hospital, said, "Many elderly persons are willing to donate kidneys but a lot of them are declared unfit due to age-related medical problems. If both the kidneys are fine and the elderly donor is healthy from cardiac point of view, we can go ahead with the transplant."