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ST highlighted that hypothermic machine perfusion has been trialled successfully in three patients at NUCOT since October 2022. The new organ preservation method helps to ensure that the quality of the donated kidney remains optimal before transplantation.
Asst Prof Benjamin Goh, Consultant, Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, NUH, shared that the risk of delayed graft function can be reduced using hypothermic machine perfusion. A/Prof Tiong Ho Yee, Surgical Director and Senior Consultant, Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, also noted that the new method can help doctors to better assess kidneys on the borderline.
Mdm Sapiah Isnin, 66, suffered from end-stage renal disease and had to undergo dialysis thrice a week. She was the first kidney recipient in Singapore to undergo kidney transplant using the new organ preservation method. Within a week of undergoing surgery, doctors informed Mdm Sapiah that she no longer needed to undergo dialysis treatment.Media ArticlesNUH in the News