India's first domino kidney transplant surgeries will take place in three hospitals in Mumbai and will involve a team of over 40 doctors and five end-stage kidney failure patients.
Domino transplantation involves a series of surgeries where in a donor provides an organ to a recipient not related to him or her while the donor's relative in turn receives the organ from another donor.
The current domino transplant surgeries will be conducted at Hinduja hospital, Bombay hospital and Hiranandani hospital while four of the five recipients are from Maharashtra.
"All the transplants will be done on the same day in different hospitals in the city. Everything — surgeons, paramedical team, operation theatres — is in place. The interesting thing about domino transplant is that despite blood group not matching, with the help of five way swap exchange, they are able to undergo kidney transplant. Otherwise, they have to wait for a long. All credit goes to the Apex Swap Transplant Registry (ASTRA) that addresses the issue of mismatch in blood groups or tissues in couples who need transplants", Hinduja Hospital's Dr Jatin Kothari said.