New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to undergo a kidney transplant at AIIMS on Saturday, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor.
“Living unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant will be done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor. As of now the transplant is scheduled to take place this weekend. The clearance from the authorisation committee has been obtained,” a news agency source reports at AIIMS had said on Tuesday, adding that Swaraj’s pre-transplant process was complete.
The surgery will be performed by a team of experts constituted by AIIMS.
According to doctors, Swaraj been suffering from diabetes for quite a long time. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis. “She undergoes dialysis thrice a week,” a senior doctor said.