By:Alex Romeo R. Fernandez
DAGUPAN CITY, Oct 2 (PIA) — The Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) here performed a kidney transplant operation on Sunday.
The operation was led by a medical team trained by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI).
The operation started at 7 a.m. on donor Isagani Patungan, 32, to retrieve his right kidney.
Govina Onrubia, 28, and cousin of the donor, received the organ at around 11 a.m.
The recipient had been suffering from glomerulonephritis or swelling of the kidneys that caused these to fail eventually.
Dr. Adolfo Parayno, a member of the transplanting team, said the operation can now be considered a success as the transplanted kidney is now functioning.
The recipient, however, is still undergoing observation to check possible complications or rejection of the organ.
The operation shows that R1MC already has complete facilities and personnel to perform subsequent operations, said Dr. Abraham Coquia, NKTI spokesperson for Region 1.
He said the transplant was the second such operation done in Pangasinan after the Luzon Medical Center performed the first one in 2003.
It was, however, a first for a government-owned hospital, hospital chief Dr. Roland Mejia said.
The Department of Health, Coquia said, initiated the operation to reach its goal making R1MC the transplant center of North Luzon.
Comprising the transplanting group were transplant vascular team composed of doctors Adolfo Parayno, Junico Visaya, Mayeen Fernandez, Chat Delovino, Delia Guibani; nephrologist and perfusion team composed of doctors Abraham Coquia, Angeline Asuncion, Elizabeth Estoesta, Francisco Untalan and Ms. Christy Palaganas; and the urologist and donor team composed of doctors Paquito Fuentes, Cres Fernando, Joie Recel, Leo Bautista, Carlos Sioson, Edgardo Navasca and Joey Liwanag. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)