HOLGUIN.— In the Lucía Iñiguez Landín Hospital, Yaneisi Leyva Leyva became the first patient in Cuba to receive a kidney transplant from a living donor.
Doctor Roberto Cruz Mayo, head of the hospital’s Transplant Service, stated that they were accredited by the Ministry of Public Health in 2011 for undertaking this complex surgical procedure. "It was this year that the opportunity arose and we assumed it with the responsibility and knowledge of our staff. We have six surgeons, two of them kidney specialists, 10 qualified nurses and the necessary resources in two areas, one for post-surgery patients and another for patients with subsequent complications."
It was precisely accumulated experience which led to the approval of the recent surgical procedure. The figures speak for themselves: from 1996 to the operation prior to Yaneisi’s, the Holguín hospital had undertaken 551 kidney transplants with a survival rate of well over 80%.
"There are many advantages of transplants from living donors, who should be close relatives (parent to child or vice-versa, or sibling to sibling), thereby minimizing the possibility of the transplanted organ being rejected; in other words reducing the risk of post-surgical complications and also the cost of treatment. The time period between the organ being extracted and transplanted is also shorter."
These transplants can be an elective choice; in other words, planned, which allows for a closer study of cases.
According to specialist Dr Cruz Mayo, this technique, to be extended throughout eastern Cuba, will benefit patients from the provinces of Holguín, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, bringing happiness to other people in the position of Yaneisi and Marisol.