UAE’s first kidney transplant from live donor saves teen’s life – NewsJanuary 14, 2021
Sheikh Mohammed pens special letter to the boy: Keep smiling little warrior.
A 16-year-old boy has got a new lease of life as doctors in Dubai performed the first ever paediatric kidney transplant from a live donor in the UAE.
As Khaleej Times reported back in June 2020, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had stepped in to help the teen.
He had told Pritvik Sinhadc that the UAE is his home and that he would receive the best care possible.
“To my dear Pritvik, this is a small gesture from me to you to remind you that you are here at home and that you are in safe hands, and I will pray to God to keep you in good health and safe … Keep smiling little warrior.”
The surgery was performed by a team physicians from Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital (Al Jalila Children’s), Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Mediclinic Middle East.
In June 2020, Pritvik arrived at the nephrology clinic of Al Jalila Children’s. He was suffering from complete kidney failure. Having been born with small, partially functioning kidneys, Pritvik had reached end-stage kidney disease and required immediate renal replacement therapy, according to his doctors.
Pritvik’s father, Bhaskar Sinhadc, was identified as a successful match, following which he was placed through a full donor evaluation process.
The operation, which has saved Pritvik’s life, is also expected to improve the quality of his life in the years ahead.
A talented young boy, Pritvik has been accepted as an official affiliated researcher at BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science to research astrophysics.
He is a published co-author on NASA’s Primer on Astrobiology and graduated as a World Science Scholar in June 2020. However, his medical condition was taking a heavy toll on his research work and his schoolwork, necessitating an urgent kidney transplant.
Pritvik, who was named a UAE Ambassador of Organ Donation, said: “I pledge to work towards raising awareness on the crucial need for organ donation in saving lives of patients like me, who would otherwise not make it without a transplant. I have been lucky to have my father as my donor.
“However, there are many who need transplants to survive and I shall be working closely with MBRU and the Al Jalila Foundation to ensure that there is increased awareness on organ donation.”
In December 2020, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that the government has approved an organ transplant programme.