Wives donate their kidneys to save lives of each otherís husband

Suwarna Kheche (28) and Priti Maid (27) never knew each other till a few months ago but they had one thing in common. Both their husbands needed kidneys to survive. On November 25, they came together to donate their kidneys to save the lives of each other's husband. The surgery, spousal swap transplant, was performed at Jehangir Hospital.

Suwarna's husband Yuvraj (32) and Priti's husband Amol (33) were suffering from a condition called chronic glomerulonephritis that shrunk the kidneys, said Dr Mahesh Rokade, nephrologist at the Jehangir Hospital.

"Earlier my brother had donated his kidney but my body rejected it a year after the transplant. I was put on dialysis again. My wife was willing to donate her kidney but our blood groups did not match," said Yuvraj, who lives at Tembhirni, near Indapur.

Amol's was a similar case. He was no dialysis for four and a half years and had urged the doctor to look for a donor. "I have my own business at Shirur and used constantly fall sick due to infections. I had to visit Pune for dialysis and it had taken a toll on my health," Amol said. Dr Rokade it was sheer luck that the blood groups of their wives matched with each other's husband.

"Such spousal swap transplants are rare. The first one in the city was done in 2009 when the wives of Ramdas Pawar and Sanjay Shinde had donated their kidneys to save each other's husband," Rokade said. He said since both Yuvraj and Amol were being treated at the same hospital, it was easy to encourage thier spouse to donate their kidneys. Yuvraj's blood group was A-negative and so was Priti's. Amol's and Suwarna's blood groups were B-positive. "It was just a matter of conducting other tests. Both couples have been discharged and are fine," Rokade said.

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