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Derbyshire couple in pioneering kidney operation

A Derbyshire man has become the first person in the East Midlands to be donated a kidney by someone with a different blood group.

Prasanta Chakraborti, 70, from Littleover, Derbyshire, received the kidney from his wife in a transplant operation at Nottingham City Hospital.

The former GP is almost back to leading a normal life after the operation in January.

His wife Alaka said they were overjoyed that the procedure was such a success.

Dialysis machine

Mr Chakraborti said: "After retiring five years ago we haven't been able to enjoy holidays more than a few days long as I was tied to four to five-hour dialysis sessions at Derby Hospitals three times per week - week in week out."

Mrs Chakraborti had to undergo a number of tests to prove she was medically fit to donate one of her kidneys to her husband.

A machine similar to a dialysis machine is used to wash the patient's blood for three-hour treatment cycles to help filter out the incompatible antibodies.

Mr Chakraborti said by undergoing this treatment a patient was less likely to reject the transplanted kidney. Rejection is also treatable with extra medication.



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