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article imageToronto children's hospital has 40 years of kidney transplants

By KJ Mullins     Nov 1, 2009 in Health
Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children is celebrating forty years of saving children's lives with kidney transplants. Since that time advances have been made that improve the quality of life for transplant patients.
Forty years ago in October the first kidney transplant on a child in Canada took place at the Toronto hospital devoted to children.
Sick Kids is now the largest kidney transplant centre for children in Canada.
When kidney transplantation first started patients only could have kidney disease. As advancements have taken place children with multiple system disease are benefiting from kidney transplantation.
Today doctors and medical staff look at every aspect of a child's life when it comes to the transplantation process. Because of this the quality of life is improving for transplant patients.
Sick Kids reports:
“We now consider every area of a child’s life that is touched by kidney transplantation,” says Moira Korus, RN, Renal Transplant Program. “The research on children’s quality of life after a kidney transplant will help us to know what needs to be done to help all our patients and their families live full and fulfilling lives.”
In 1952 the first kidney transplant took place in France. A mother gave one of her kidneys to her 16-year-old son. The youth survived for 22 days.
Two years later American doctors performed the first successful kidney transplant on a man using his identical twin brother's kidney.
In 1958 the first successful Canadian kidney transplant took place between identical twins in Montreal at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Almost forty-six years ago the first successful kidney transplant in Canada between people who were not identical twins took place at St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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