Jupiter Foundation to give new hope to kidney patients

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 18 May 2019

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Ajay Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director of Jupiter Hospital, said the Jupiter Foundation has taken the responsibility to financially assist those in need for a kidney transplant by bearing over half the cost of the surgery.

PUNE: The challenges faced by families of ailing patients seeking kidney transplants are getting a cadaver donor and the high cost of the transplant surgery. Thus, several patients either continue putting up with dialysis or succumb to it due to the unaffordability of transplants. Hence, the Jupiter Foundation has taken the lead to take over the financial challenge for live-related transplants for end-stage renal disease patients.

The kidneys’ function is to filter blood to remove waste, control the body’s fluid balance and regulate the balance of electrolytes. The kidney function can fail due to ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure and infections.

However, the nature of the organ is so unique that it is possible to lose as much as 80 per cent of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems. When a patient loses 85 to 90 per cent of his or her kidney function, they are considered to have ‘End Stage Renal Disease’ (ESRD).

It is possible to partially replicate the functions of the kidney. However, this can be inconvenient and time consuming for the patient. Hence, a kidney transplant is the treatment of choice for kidney failure whenever possible.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Ajay Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director of Jupiter Hospital, said the Jupiter Foundation has taken the responsibility to financially assist those in need for a kidney transplant by bearing over half the cost of the surgery.

“The patient’s family will only have to pay Rs 2.75 lakh for the entire procedure - from day of surgery till discharge - irrespective of any extended stay or treatment due to unforeseen complications. We want to ensure that this facility reaches every patient, who is at the last stage of kidney failure,” said Dr Thakker.

Speaking about live-related donor transplants, renowned multi-organ transplant surgeon Dr Gaurav Chaubal said, “We have done several successful kidney transplants and always strive to ensure that neither the donor nor the patient face any major problems during or after the surgery.”

“For live-related transplants, we undertake kidney removal procedure for the donor - which has several advantages. This enables a shorter hospital stay for the donor with less pain, minimal scars and an enhanced recovery post the surgery,” said Dr Chaubal.

Speaking during a press interaction on Tuesday, Nephrologist Dr Shailesh Kakde said transplant frees the patient from the need for dialysis after surgery. 

“The dietary restriction is also reduced, the physical and mental health of the patient improves, the cost of treatment gets reduced as compared to dialysis. If a kidney transplant is done before he/she needs dialysis, it can save the patient from Hepatitis B or C while the newly transplanted kidney continues to function well,” said Kakde.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Ajay Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director of Jupiter Hospital, said the Jupiter Foundation has taken the responsibility to financially assist those in need for a kidney transplant by bearing over half the cost of the surgery.

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