May 21, 2009

Man has third kidney transplant

The third time around may be lucky for Jaswant of Jalandhar, India, who recently underwent another kidney transplant surgery after the first two failed.

Counting his own two, the 33-year-old photographer has had five kidneys thus far.

Jaswant (last name not provided) had his third transplant surgery 40 days ago and is determined to make it this time, the Times of India reported from Jalandhar in northern Punjab state.

He is fourth such patient in the country to successfully undergo three renal transplants, doctors who performed the surgery told the newspaper.

Finding kidney donors within the family has not been a problem for Jaswant.

It was his older sister who donated the organ for his first transplant in 2004. The donated organ held for about a year before his body rejected it as Jaswant couldn't afford the post-surgery treatment, the report said.

The second time it was his younger sister, but that donation too didn't take after two years, forcing Jaswant back on dialysis.

The third time it was his 55-year-old mother who came forward to save her son.

Determined to see me live, the family just wouldn't give up and prepared for another surgery, Jaswant said.

Doctors, moved by the family's determination, performed the surgery free of cost and have decided to help Jaswant with other resources, the report said.