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KNH procures liver transplant surgery machine

09 January 2015, 11:19 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Kenya will become the third country in Africa and the first in East and Central Africa to perform liver transplant surgery, after Kenyatta National Hospital procured an Ultrasonic Dissector shipped from Germany. 

In a statement, KNH said the machine’s major function is to split the liver and assist surgeons carve out malignant sections. 

“It is also useful in helping surgeons evade critical blood networks. Dr. Ondede Kennedy, consultant-Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant, will be the physician overseeing surgery in KNH and by extension the region,” the statement added.

Nurses, anesthetists, technicians, radiologists and a select crop of physicians at the hospital will undergo a three-month training program to equip them with the expertise to perform the procedure. 

Also read: Kenyan held over KES 1.8m hospital bill

“Traditionally, organs for liver transplant were obtained from deceased donors after they or their families gave consent to be an organ donor. In a live donor liver transplant, the recipient’s liver is surgically removed and one-half of a donor’s liver is transplanted into the lower chest cavity of the recipient. The said liver will then regenerate in a few weeks,” the statement added.

A draft of the laws touching on organ harvesting has been forwarded to parliament for debate and approval. Abroad, the procedure costs between KES 7 - 10 million, however, it will cost between KES 1 and 3 million at KNH.

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