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15
Jan
2024

துவாழ்வு நரம் உறுப்பு தாளம் (Organ donation gives new life)

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​A/Prof Shridhar Ganpathi Iyer, Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of people coming forward to donate organs has dropped. He said the average waiting time in Singapore for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is nine years. NUH patients Satya and Diksha Anand have kidney failure. Diksha had dialysis at NUH Children’s Kidney Centre three times a week for nearly four hours each time. In 2018 when Diksha was 10, she received kidneys from a deceased donor. Satya still undergoes peritoneal dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant.

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1
Dec
2023

前线追踪 | 等候名单最长 他洗肾十年仍抱着希望 (Frontline: Longest waiting list; he continues to remain optimistic despite being on dialysis for 10 years)

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​In a Frontline feature on organ donation and transplantation, Dr Emmett Wong, Consultant, Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, NUH, discussed the causes and symptoms of end-stage kidney failure, as well as the benefits of living donor kidney transplantation. He also shared that the risk of kidney donors developing kidney failure themselves in the future is marginal.

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30
Oct
2023

Public hospitals in S’pore seeing rise in high-risk pregnancies

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ST reported that public hospitals including NUH have seen an increase in the number of visits to specialised high-risk pregnancy centres and clinics. NUH saw an estimated 9,400 visits by high-risk pregnancy patients in 2021, and this increased to about 9,900 visits in 2022. In 2023, the number is projected to rise to about 10,400, based on patient numbers so far.

Dr Anita Kale, Senior Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, noted that patients with complicated medical conditions like kidney or liver failure are now better managed with the availability of organ transplants. As the health of these patients improves after transplant, they are able to plan pregnancy which needs multidisciplinary management.

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15
Aug
2023

本地器官捐赠率低 医生促加强宣导 (Local organ donation rate is low, doctors encourage greater awareness and understanding)

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In a World Organ Donation Day feature, Dr Emmett Wong Tsz Yeung, Consultant in National University Centre for Organ Transplantation's (NUCOT) Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, and National University Hospital’s (NUH) Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, explained that a kidney transplant is the best treatment for patients with kidney failure. The average waiting time for patients on the deceased donor waitlist is almost 10 years, while the median survival for patients on dialysis is about six to eight years. He also shared some of the reasons for low deceased and living kidney donor rates in Singapore. 

The report featured an NUH patient who is currently undergoing dialysis while waiting for a deceased donor kidney transplant. Her husband, who is not a suitable living donor for her, also shared how his wife’s experience made him aware of the importance of organ donation. He has since opted in for MTERA, where all his organs and tissues would be donated for transplant and treatment, as well as education and research after death. 

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15
Aug
2023

本地器官捐赠率低 医生促加强宣导 (Local organ donation rate is low, doctors encourage greater awareness and understanding)

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In a World Organ Donation Day feature, Dr Emmett Wong Tsz Yeung, Consultant in NUCOT’s Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, and NUH’s Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, explained that a kidney transplant is the best treatment for patients with kidney failure. The average waiting time for patients on the deceased donor waitlist is almost 10 years, while the median survival for patients on dialysis is about six to eight years. He also shared some of the reasons for low deceased and living kidney donor rates in Singapore. 

The report featured an NUH patient who is currently undergoing dialysis while waiting for a deceased donor kidney transplant. Her husband, who is not a suitable living donor for her, also shared how his wife’s experience made him aware of the importance of organ donation. He has since opted in for MTERA, where all his organs and tissues would be donated for transplant and treatment, as well as education and research after death.

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14
Aug
2023

Health Matters: Can I live with just one kidney?

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​In a World Organ Donation Day special live interview, Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Medical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, shared the reasons for a kidney donation, how challenging it is to find a right match, and the importance of living kidney donors. She highlighted that it is possible to live a normal life with one healthy kidney.

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14
Aug
2023

Health Matters: Can I live with just one kidney?

Channel NewsAsia

​In a World Organ Donation Day special live interview, Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Medical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, shared the reasons for a kidney donation, how challenging it is to find a right match, and the importance of living kidney donors. She highlighted that it is possible to live a normal life with one healthy kidney.

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18
Jun
2023

为捐肾救女儿 戒40年烟瘾调整作息 (Father quits smoking after 40 years to donate kidney and save daughter’s life)

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​For Father’s Day, Lianhe Zaobao featured the story of how Mr Zhang Bao Cheng made significant lifestyle changes – including quitting a 40-year smoking habit – to donate one of his kidneys to his daughter after she was diagnosed with kidney failure. The transplant was successfully completed at NUCOT after a five-hour operation. 

Article cited Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Medical Director & Senior Consultant of the Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, who explained that the brief period of organ rejection Ms Zhang experienced post-transplant was due to the presence of a small number of antibodies in her blood that rejected foreign organs and tissues. Following two weeks of treatment, Ms Zhang made a full recovery. Mr Zhang said the family was grateful to the doctors and healthcare team who supported them.

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18
Jun
2023

Dads: What I did for love (Afraid of needles, but he donated kidney to his daughter)

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In celebration of Father’s Day, ST featured the story of Mr Sam Foo, who overcame his fear of needles to donate his kidney to his daughter, Celest. Diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at the age of four in 2005, Celest has been under the care of Prof Yap Hui Kim, Head & Emeritus Consultant, Division of Paediatric Nephrology, Dialysis and Renal Transplantation, KTP-NUCMI, NUH. After 15 years of battling the disease, Celest’s kidneys eventually failed and her father decided to undergo a rigorous series of medical procedures to qualify as a kidney donor.

The article highlighted that the transplant was successfully done at NUCOT – the only centre in Singapore that provides both adult and paediatric organ transplant services. Now 22 years old, Celest continues to visit Prof Yap, who is also Medical Director & Emeritus Consultant of the Paediatric Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, for follow-ups.

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14
Jun
2023

患抑郁症 积极配合治疗: 76岁父捐肾救爱女 (76-year-old father actively engages in treatment for depression; donates kidney to save beloved daughter)

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​Shin Min Daily News prominently featured the story of how a 76-year-old father, Mr Kwan, went through great lengths to treat his depression for the chance to donate his kidney and save his daughter’s life. The transplant was successfully done at NUCOT in August last year.

The article cited Dr Cornelia Chee, Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, NUH, who explained the effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy for depression and why it was considered for Mr Kwan’s case. A/Prof Tiong Ho Yee, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant of the Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, also shared that the transplanted kidney could last for more than 20 years if well looked after.


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11
Jun
2023

儿童肾脏移植成功率高 排斥反应须监控 (Paediatric kidney transplant success rate high, risk of rejection calls for vigilant monitoring)

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In a full-page feature published by ZB, Dr Nyo Yoke Lin and Dr Sharon Teo from the Paediatric Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, NUH, answered questions on paediatric kidney transplantation. The doctors explained the circumstances where a paediatric kidney transplant may be required, highlighting that the procedure is usually safe with a high success rate. It is also a major surgical undertaking and detailed planning that takes place among the donor and recipient surgeons, nephrologists and anaesthetists helps to reduce or mitigate risks, and optimises the outcome.

The doctors also emphasised the risk of rejection after a kidney transplant, which can occur shortly after the procedure or even several decades later. With vigilant monitoring, the medical team can identify signs of rejection in a timely manner and take appropriate action that will make a difference in patient outcome.

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4
Jun
2023

Received mum's kidney at age 5

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For World Transplant Day, ST featured the story of how seven-year-old Hannah Phoa’s life has changed since receiving a kidney transplant from her mother Leong Wei Yee. Hannah experienced kidney failure due to a rare genetic disorder known as Denys-Drash syndrome and was put on dialysis when she was just 10 days old.

Following a successful transplant surgery at NUCOT, Hannah no longer requires dialysis but has to continue taking medication and lead a healthy lifestyle. Article cited Prof Yap Hui Kim, Medical Director & Emeritus Consultant, and A/Prof Ng Kar Hui, Senior Consultant, from the Paediatric Kidney Transplantation Programme, who shared more about Hannah’s medical journey.

The article highlighted that Hannah and her family continue to receive psychosocial support from the multidisciplinary team at NUH, which assists them in managing the challenges associated with Hannah’s condition.

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24
Apr
2023

Isteri teruskan niat walau tahu risiko (Wife insists her intention despite knowing the risks)

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​Article on a kidney transplant case between a married couple at SGH mentioned that organ transplantation surgery can only be done at SGH and NUH.

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2
Apr
2023

哪些糖尿病患者适合做胰肾移植? (Which diabetic patients are suitable for pancreas-kidney transplants?)

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​Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Medical Director and Senior Consultant of the Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, and Senior Consultant of the Adult Pancreas Transplantation Programme at NUCOT, answered some questions on simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation. She shared more about the specific criteria to be eligible for the surgery, preparations required and post-operative care for patients.

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1
Apr
2023

星期二特写 | 脑死 你了解多少? (Tuesday Report: How much do you know about brain death?)

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Dr Tan Yanni, Senior Consultant in the Department of Anaesthesia at NUH, explained the rigorous seven-step brain death certification process that must be carried out by two independent doctors. 

Ms Joreen Poh, Senior Transplant Coordinator at NUCOT, spoke about her role in the organ transplantation process. An anonymous kidney donor also shared how Ms Poh was a key figure of support for her throughout her donation journey.

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