CLMMRH’s 2nd kidney transplant also successful

The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City has announced its second successful kidney transplant performed on February 5.

Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chief of CLMMRH, said in a statement released yesterday that the latest successful case involved both male, a 24-year-old whose donor was a 25-year-old.

Drilon said the procedure, which lasted for four hours, was performed by a team of three urology surgeons and two transplant surgeons.

Kidney transplantation is one of the services offered by CLMMRH, the lone Department of Health (DOH) hospital in Negros Island.

The hospital said its mission is to provide premier health care services which are accessible and affordable to the people of Bacolod, Negros Island, and the surrounding provinces.

The hospital’s first kidney transplant last August involved a 42-year-old female donor and a 39-year-old male recipient from Bacolod.

At that time, Drilon said they wanted to show to the community that they were capable and competent in performing serious medical operations.

In Bacolod, at least 1,000 individuals are considered potential candidates for kidney transplant.

Hospitals in Metro Manila charge from P1.2 million to P1.5 million per patient with a suitable donor, but Drilon said the cost would be lesser at the CLMMRH being a government-run hospital.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Z Package provides about P600,000 in subsidy for kidney transplant cases.

“Through a good donor recruitment program, we hope to line up more patients who can avail of our kidney transplant services,” Drilon added.* (Nanette Guadalquiver)


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