Medical advancements allowing organ donation between two persons having different blood groups helped a father save the life of his son. Doctors at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, saved the life of 25-five-year-old Vineet Behl, who has O-positive blood group, by transplanting a kidney donated by his father, who is B-positive.

Giving case details, Dr. Dinesh Khullar, Director and head of Nephrology Department, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, said: “Vineet was diagnosed with hypertension since 2010 and investigations revealed deranged kidney function. A kidney transplant was his only hope then. His rare blood group added to the trouble in getting a match.” The hospital then recommended that the patient consider plasma exchange with the new Column Technique that helps in kidney transplantation in cases where blood groups of recipient and donor are incompatible. “Through this treatment module, donors of A, B and AB blood groups can also donate to O group recipients as well as to each other after having the unwanted antibodies removed from the recipient’s blood,” explained the doctor.

Vineet’s mother R. Behl had undergone a kidney transplant 19 years ago and hence was not a suitable donor. Then the patient’s father M. Behl offered to donate his kidney to save his son’s life. The transplant was carried out in April 2014 and Vineet has fully recovered now. “He can soon resume his normal life,” said Dr. Khullar.

Speaking about the advancements in medical science which allow patients to push the boundaries of available medical treatment, he said: “Till sometime back, blood group matching between donors and recipients was essential for kidney transplant. Due to this limitation, many patients of chronic kidney failure were deprived of transplant even if a suitable and willing donor was available in the family. Thus many patients had to continue on dialysis lifelong or get a kidney from unrelated or brain dead donors, which was very difficult to find.”