Hospital Makes History
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has marked a major milestone after performing 150 life-saving kidney transplants. Head of Nephrology, Professor Stephen Alexander joined the Hospital’s surgeons and renal team, transplant recipients and their families to celebrate the occasion.
“We are enormously proud of this achievement and the life-saving transplants that have transformed the lives of 94 boys and 56 girls,” said Professor Alexander.
“The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is one of the leading paediatric kidney transplantation centres in the world. Since we began performing kidney transplants in 1995 there have been major advancements in this field with remarkable improvements in survival rates for children. In recent years we performed Australia’s first paediatric paired kidney transplant and the youngest ABO mismatched transplant. About two thirds of our kidney transplants have involved living donors with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles being matched to recipients. The other third of transplants were only made possible by the generosity of strangers who gave the gift of life as organ donors and the families who honoured their wishes,” he said.