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New Lease Of Life For Emosi

New Lease Of Life For Emosi
(L-R): American Vascular Surgeon, Dr Kevin Casey, patient, Emosi Leucu 16, and Local Nephrologist, Dr Amrish Krishnan at the CWM Hospital yesterday. Photo: Mere Satakala
March 17
11:00 2017

 

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to have their own child so full of life fall ill all of a sudden.

That was exactly what happened to Silika Masilomani after her 16-year-old son, Emosi Leucu, was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago.

“When we finally took him to the hospital to get a diagnosis, the doctors confirmed that he was at the end stages of kidney failure,” an emotional Ms Masilomani said.

She said the doctors gave them two options; either to go for a kidney transplant or a dialysis, if they wanted their son to live.

“Both options were very expensive and so we opted for dialysis that my son has been having over the past one-and-a-half years,” she said.

Yesterday, Emosi was one of the 20 kidney patients who received free medical operation this week conducted by an American vascular surgeon, Dr Kevin Casey.

Dr Casey together with local nephrologist, Dr Amrish Krishnan saw the need to come to help by conducting such an operation that would otherwise costly.

The operation called arteriovenous fistula (AV) used for hemodialysis was a direct connection of an artery to a vein.

“Once the AV fistula is done, patients can go swimming and it has a better flow and you feel better,” said Dr Krishnan.

Dr Casey said the AV fistula had less infection unlike the catheter operation, which was not ideal for kidney patients because it leads to clotting and decrease in life expectancy.

Ms Masilomani thanked God that her son underwent an operation for free and acknowledged the doctors for conducting the operation successfully.

The free operation was done at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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