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Taipei, April 22 (CNA) A Gambian man and his mom, who just lately flew 9,000 miles from West Africa to Taiwan to donate a kidney to her son, on Thursday thanked Taiwan’s docs and nurses following a profitable kidney transplant at a hospital in Taoyuan.
“Thanks, Taiwan. The docs and nurses in Taiwan are very skilled and I am very impressed with what I’ve seen,” mentioned 40-year-old Lamin Jarjusey, who was affected by stage 5 persistent kidney illness (CKD) and underwent a kidney transplant in March at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan.
A press convention was held Thursday at Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with a cake-cutting ceremony to have a good time the restoration of Jarjusey, who got here to Taiwan as a pupil eight years in the past and located native employment after just lately graduating.
About three years in the past, Jarjusey started noticing blood in his urine, a symptom later identified as persistent kidney illness with proteinuria, the hospital mentioned, noting that he began receiving dialysis remedy after his situation worsened final yr.
At this superior stage of kidney illness, the kidneys of sufferers usually lose almost all their capability to work successfully, and ultimately dialysis or a kidney transplant is required to reside.
After discussing doable remedy choices with the affected person, it was determined that his mom would come to Taiwan to donate a kidney, the hospital mentioned.
As a consequence of journey restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan’s Ministry of Well being and Welfare (MOHW) in addition to the Ministry of International Affairs supplied help, issuing a particular entry allow to Jarjusey’s mom earlier this yr to come back to Taiwan in February as a kidney donor.
Kuo Yen-chih (郭彥志), a nephrologist on the Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, mentioned communication was troublesome at first, because the mom can solely converse Mandinka, a language spoken within the Gambia.
Fortuitously, the hospital was capable of finding Gambian college students who additionally converse Mandinka to assist with translation, Kuo defined, including that the transplant was efficiently carried out in March.
Wang Hsu-han (王敘涵), who heads Linkou Chang Gung’s urology and kidney transplantation division, mentioned the mom was discharged from hospital 5 days after surgical procedure, whereas the affected person additionally recovered very effectively and is predicted to return to his job in Could.
Utilizing his restricted data of Chinese language blended in with some English, Jarjusey thanked his mom for giving him a brand new lease on life, and the Chang Gung medical employees for treating him.
“Earlier than the surgical procedure I felt sleepy and drained on a regular basis, and felt chilly and so many issues. However now I really feel good,” he mentioned.
“I wish to give an enormous due to my mother for giving me one other likelihood. She introduced me into this world and she or he gave me one other likelihood for a wholesome life,” he added.
As of August 2020, a complete of 762 sufferers from overseas have utilized to the MOHW to come back to Taiwan for medical remedy, in accordance with Wu Ming-yen (吳明彥), who heads a global medical working group on the well being ministry.
Of these, 307 circumstances have been authorized, Wu mentioned, noting that almost all have concerned most cancers remedy, adopted by craniofacial reconstruction and cardiovascular ailments.
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