August 17, 2008

City Medic to Give Talk in Australia

A CLINICIAN from Coventry's University Hospital travelled to Australia to talk on kidney transplants.

Dr Rob Higgins visited Sydney this week to attend the International Congress of the Transplantation Society and talk about the trust's work on antibody incompatible kidney transplants.

This kind of transplant was unable to take place just three years ago as traditionally the antibodies from an antibody incompatible patient would reject the donated organ.

Now, through Dr Higgins's pioneering work, these patients can have their antibodies removed so when the kidney is transplanted there is a reduced risk of rejection.

Dr Higgins, renal consultant at the trust said: "This work has offered a lifeline to patients who were traditionally considered almost impossible to transplant."

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