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Brunei's first kidney transplant

Friday, Nov 29, 2013
The Brunei Times/Asia News Network
By Quratul-Ain Bandial, Bandar Seri Begawan

BRUNEI - Brunei's first locally-performed kidney transplant has been declared a success, said the Ministry of Health yesterday, with both donor and recipient recovering well at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

The surgery marks a major development in Brunei's medical services, giving patients with end stage renal disease a better alternative to regular dialysis.

A 21-year-old female, Nurnaqiyyah Sarirah Hj Azmani, is the first person to undergo the procedure locally.

"She has suffered from kidney disease since she was 9," said Dr Jackson Tan, a nephrologist at the Renal Services Department (RSD). "She started dialysis last year but her kidney condition deteriorated."

Nurnaqiyyah's father, Hj Azmani Hj Aliamin, donated one of his kidneys to his daughter on November 21 in a surgery carried out by a team of doctors and specialists comprising staff from the Ministry of Health, assisted by a transplant surgeon from Australia and a nephrologist from Malaysia.

"About three days after the surgery I could get up and walk and began to eat normally," said Hj Azmani. "I feel perfectly normal. And now our daughter will no longer have the burden of having to do the dialysis all the time."

Nurnaqiyyah is still in the intensive care unit at RIPAS Hospital and her kidney function appears normal and there have been no signs of her body rejecting the new kidney, said Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Md Yusof.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the minister said the transplant patient will now be able to live longer, and have a better quality of life.

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