2 November 2012

Nigeria: Stolen Kidney Case - 'Victim Will Soon Be Flown Abroad for Transplant'

Bauchi — Two months after the intervention of the Bauchi State government in the case of the man whose kidneys were allegedly removed, Chief Medical Director of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Dr. Mohammed Alkali, yesterday said the hospital is making final arrangements to fly him abroad for transplant.

Twenty five year-old Abubakar Buba's kidneys were removed by some persons about two months ago.

After the story broke, the Bauchi State government donated $22,000 to Abubakar for transplant of new kidneys in India.

Dr Alkali, while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi, said "When Abubakar came to us for treatment, we decided to give him prompt medical attention because we know the danger involved.

We have the responsibility to ensure effective coordination of his treatment. After we placed him on a life-supporting dialysis machine, we made contacts with hospitals outside the country that specialize in kidney transplant".

He said ATBU has been communicating with the state government and the hospitals involved, adding, "In cases like this, there are technicalities involved. There is the role for the state government which is the financial aspect and his parents/ relatives also have roles to play".

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