A man gave birth for the first time while his child received a pig kidney from his body.
Chavan Kumar Sharma, 35, welcomed his son on Monday, but the new parents wanted to know something else about the baby: was the boy getting a pig organ from Sharma or his parents?
If his parents were involved, they wanted to know if their boy’s life would be endangered after they did the surgery. The donor baby had been born with cystic fibrosis, which can lead to severe damage to the kidneys and, in the worst cases, death. So, to get the procedure under way, the organ donation specialist Dr. Nitish Rathore, who oversees the Transplantation Center at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the paramilitary force under the Indian government, had to use the precise surgical skill he had honed doing complex cases in his 27 years working at the city’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
“Because of these skills, we had the professional tools and supplies at our disposal,” Dr. Rathore said.
He worked with the family of the child for days, drawing blood samples, studying the patient’s CT scans and undergoing numerous X-rays to determine the size and shape of his kidney. “We had to be certain that the transplanted organs were fit to work without contamination,” Dr. Rathore said.
On Sunday, Sharma reached the hospital before dawn. A successful test showed that his daughter’s kidneys had also functioned as they should.
On Monday, the doctors had been able to assure the family that the child was likely to be fine and will be allowed to see him later.
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