Here’s something I didn’t know: 1 in 5 people in Nigeria has kidney disease, yet there is only one dialysis machine for every million people. OK, two things I didn’t know.
Needless to say, the mortality rate from kidney disease in Nigeria is high. But the Sunday Mercury notes that doctors there are building on their transplant knowledge. Hence, today’s story about a team from the UK helping to save the lives of two children by teaching Nigerian transplant surgeons the ins and outs (literally) of conducting transplants on pediatric kidney patients.
‘‘But then we got a desperate call a few months ago from them saying two boys were extremely sick and would die without our help. “They had never done any transplants on children before, but they had raised enough money to keep them alive until we could organise a team to get there and show them how to do it. You can’t ignore something like that.
Once they learned a transplant team was coming, one boy’s brother and the other’s father happily offered to donate. The father had already lost two children to kidney failure. Good heavens.
Anyway, both boys, 14 and 17, are doing great and a spokeswoman for Transplant Links, which made the trip possible, said, “The families are so grateful and can’t thank us enough.” See photos from the trip on the Transplant Links site.