4 March 2020 I When KP Oli returns to work after an extended hospital stay, the Nepalese prime minister would be beaming with health with an arsenal of four kidneys in his system.
Mr Oli has had a safe and successful kidney transplant, carried out earlier today. The 68-year-old communist leader has been hailed by Nepalese people from across the political spectrum for choosing to have the critical procedure done by a team of experienced Nepalese doctors.
According to a media report that quoted the lead doctor tasked with carrying out the now successful surgery, the prime minister already had three kidneys in his system, including the one transplanted over a decade ago. “With the new kidney, the prime minister will have four kidneys in his system,” Setopati quoted Prof Dr Prem Raj Gyawali as saying.
Another expert explained why so.
“There will be risk if the existing kidneys are taken out, it may require another surgery. That’s why the previous kidneys are left as it is,” Senior Nephrologist Dr Rishi Kumar Kafle explained.
The popular online media also mentioned that the same process is followed throughout the world, adding that the “old” kidneys are taken out through surgery only and if complications arise.
The flamboyant prime minister had walked into the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu on Monday where he was to undergo the transplant – 13 years after he had his first in New Delhi.
Mr Oli had his first transplant at the Apollo Hospital in 2007.
Although medically challenged due to poor renal health, Mr Oli never failed to amuse his people with his witty, humorous statements.
Nepalese people both at home and abroad have praised the prime minister for the trust he placed in the medical professionals of his own country. Even people from his opposing political camps have spoken highly of Mr Oli’s gesture.
Although the transplant was carried out by a team of homegrown experts, two senior doctors from across the border were flown to Kathmandu to stand ready for any backup the prime minister’s medical team might require, reports said.
Mr Oli received his kidney from a member of his extended family from eastern Nepal. The donor, 32-year-old Sangraula Gyawali from Jhapa district, is a niece to the prime minister. Many of Mr Oli’s fans took to social media to thank Ms Gyawali.
Leaders from outside the Himalayan nation, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had earlier extended their good wishes to PM Oli.