Nigeria records second successful kidney transplant

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Nigeria on Tuesday recorded a major medical breakthrough by performing another successful kidney transplantation, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

NAN reports that the medical feat was achieved by a team of surgeons of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos.

It was the second successful kidney transplantation in Nigeria, by Nigerians

An official source at LUTH told NAN that the four-hour operation “went very well”, adding that the kidney recipient “is responding positively” at the hospital.

NAN learnt that LUTH authorities would make a formal announcement of the medical breakthrough at a news conference on Thursday.

Nigeria’s first kidney transplant was conducted on 31-year-old Suleiman Usman in September 2010 by the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH)– in

collaboration with the Bayero University Teaching Hospital, Kano and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The kidney was donated by his brother, Abubakar Usman at the university’s Kidney Centre.

“With the successful transplant, there would be no more need to send kidney patients for transplant in foreign countries,” UMTH said then.

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