Indian Man Has 5 Kidneys

Posted on May 27, 2009

Many people in need of a transplant struggle to receive just one organ.

But a photographer from Khaira Dona village, in the northwest state of Punjab, India, is now living with five kidneys.

Indian Man Has 5 Kidneys picture

Since 2004, Jaswant has undergone three transplant surgeries to replace his failed kidneys. With each procedure, the 33 year-old gained a new kidney from a family member, while the non-functioning organs remained in his body.

During kidney transplants, the failed organ is often left in the body to reduce the risk of death and complications that can result from removing it. Yet only an exceptional handful of such transplant recipients can claim to have had the procedure multiple times, like Jaswant.

Determined to “make it this time,” Jaswant received his latest kidney from his 55 year-old mother more than a month ago.

Jaswant had his first transplant surgery at age 25. The organ, which was donated by his older sister, functioned for more than a year. “However, my body rejected the kidney once I stopped post-operation medication because of financial constraints,” he said.

Two years later, Jaswant received another kidney, this time from his younger sister. After 14 months, he was placed back on dialysis, after his body rejected the organ of yet another family member.

While discussing his latest transplant, Jaswant cited his family’s “determination to see me live,” adding, “this time my mother, 55, gave me her bean shaped organ.”

Jaswant’s family makes a modest living—his brother is a driver and his father sells milk. Doctors from India’s National Kidney Hospital were so impressed by the young photographer’s story and the determination of his family, that they performed Jaswant’s most recent transplant surgery for free.

Rajesh Agrawal, the transplant surgeon who conducted the procedure along with doctor’s Suresh Aggarawal and Sanjay Mittal; said Jaswant is not the first person in this part of India to undergo multiple kidney transplants.

“The case is second in the region, where a third kidney transplant surgery has been done successfully. The earlier three transplants in the country were conducted at Hyderabad, Lucknow and Delhi,” doctor Agrawal said.

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Nice to know that a person with 5 kidneys in on the news...........

sharat
sharat

Nice to know that a person with 5 kidneys in on the news, but what could the med do for that, Trish and Landyn what you said makes some sense - nail them would be better than verbose rather than bill them. Kidney - the word itself seems like cash in the eyes for the concerned operators - A JACKPOT

Landyn
Landyn

maybe he was still paying for the transplant. hospitals do treat people, and then bill them, you know.

Trish
Trish

He can afford to have the transplant but cannot afford the drugs. huh.

pissed off RN
pissed off RN

Maybe if he took his anti-rejection drugs the first time he wouldn't have this problem. Patients that don't take their meds are idiots.

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count duckula

After all this time, somebody else with one eye... who ISN'T a clumsy carpenter or a kid with a BB gun.

sharat
sharat

Nice to know that a person with 5 kidneys in on the news, but what could the med do for that, Trish and Landyn what you said makes some sense - nail them would be better than verbose rather than bill them. Kidney - the word itself seems like cash in the eyes for the concerned operators - A JACKPOT

sharat
sharat

Nice to know that a person with 5 kidneys in on the news, but what could the med do for that, Trish and Landyn what you said makes some sense - nail them would be better than verbose rather than bill them. Kidney - the word itself seems like cash in the eyes for the concerned operators - A JACKPOT

Anonymous
Anonymous

As they said, he couldn't afford them. “However, my body rejected the kidney once I stopped post-operation medication because of financial constraints,” Read it next time.