Renal Transplant Unit celebrates major milestone

Group of people standing in hospital concourse with their arms in the air
Renal Transplant Unit staff, kidney transplant recipients and live kidney donors celebrated the milestone at a special morning tea at Fiona Stanley Hospital
August 4, 2017

The Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) Renal Transplant Unit has celebrated its 100th kidney transplant with a special celebration during DonateLife Week.

Staff got together with transplant recipients and live donors to acknowledge the achievement.

Head of Nephrology Dr Suda Swaminathan said the team wanted to hold a celebration to acknowledge the difference transplants made to patients’ lives, and acknowledge the contribution of donors and their families.

“Everything we do is for our patients, so it was only fitting that we make the celebration about them,” Dr Swaminathan said.

“We also wanted to acknowledge the selflessness of live donors who have given a kidney to a loved one either directly or via the kidney exchange program.”

Recipients and their families were pleased to be part of the celebration and their support to the unit.

Dr Swaminathan said organ transplants made a big difference to recipients’ quality of life and longevity.

“For someone with kidney failure, a transplant can be life-changing,” she said.

“Rather than having dialysis for the rest of their life, they are able to work, socialise and generally live the normal life that most of us take for granted."

“Most patients need intensive follow-up for the first couple of months after their transplant, but after that they can live a relatively normal life.”

She encouraged people to talk to their loved ones about organ donation.

“As clinicians we see the benefits of organ donation every day – and I can’t emphasise enough how important it is,” she said.

“It only takes a minute to register, but it could save someone’s life.”

Join the Australian Organ Donor Register by visiting the DonateLife website (external site).

During the recent celebrations we asked staff and transplant recipients, “What does organ donation mean to you?” Watch the video below.