PM to undergo renal transplant surgery today

Kathmandu, March 3

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who was admitted to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, yesterday, will undergo a second kidney transplant tomorrow. The surgery will begin at 9:00am.

Talking to mediapersons on TUTH premises, Arun Sayami, head of Cardiology Department, said the prime minister’s medical reports were sound and he was ready for the surgery.

“The surgery will take four to five hours,” said Prem Raj Gyawali, urology and kidney transplant surgeon, who is part of the medical team of TUTH that will perform surgery on the PM.

“The prime minister’s electrocardiogram, X-ray and blood and urine tests were done today. All his medical reports are sound. Both the PM and the donor were given normal food today. They won’t be given any food tomorrow,” Gyawali added.

According to a press release issued by the hospital, necessary medicines were given to the prime minister today and several consultants checked his health. The PM also underwent dialysis.

A six-member TUTH team and doctors specialising in anaesthesia and critical care medicine will be involved in the surgery. Two doctors from India — a physician and a surgeon — have also been invited.

One of them is Anant Kumar, the chairman of Uro-Oncology, Robotic and Kidney Transplantation, Max Hospital, New Delhi.

“He has been registered as foreign national doctor in Nepal Medical Council and is allowed to practise medicine for six days,” said Krishna Prasad Adhikary, registrar at Nepal Medical Council.

According to the council, a doctor who has taken permission to practise medicine can’t, however, do so in two or more countries at the same time.

Adhikary added that the other doctor from India has not taken permission to practise medicine from the council.

“The doctor who has not taken permission can give his opinion, but can’t write a prescription and/or examine patients,” said Adhikary.

Though doctors have been invited from India, the medical team from TU Teaching Hospital will perform the surgery. Indian doctors will stay on standby to handle any emergency situation during the transplant process, according to the hospital.