Renal Transplant Services to be offered in St. Kitts and Nevis by end of 2023

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKN SOURCE) —  The Ministry of Health is working assiduously to bring renal transplant services to St. Kitts and Nevis by the end of 2023 so notes Dr. Jenson Morton, Director of Health Institutions. 

Dr. Morton, in an interview with SKN SOURCE on Thursday (Sept. 07) said, “there are some items that need to be ordered and a few other things to be sorted out. There is also some legislative framework that we are working on.”

A kidney (Renal) transplant is usually the best treatment for kidney failure in patients who are fit enough for the operation. Main advantages of a successful kidney transplant are that most kidney transplant patients live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

Dr. Morton said “if the recipient’s body rejects the tissue then the organ will be removed and we will have to find another match but that is eliminated or reduced if the person is a genetic match (close family member). It is possible to get a genetic match from a stranger but it is easier when it is a family member. 

For the few people that have already come forward, they have family members who are willing to donate a kidney.”

A kidney transplant is a surgery to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer function properly. Compared with dialysis, kidney transplant is associated with better quality of life, lower risk of death, fewer dietary restrictions and lower treatment cost.

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