The General Hospital of the Plaza de la Salud (HGPS) reported yesterday that it had started the country’s pancreas transplant program. The inaugural procedure was performed on a diabetic patient with chronic kidney disease and has endured hemodialysis for more than two years.
The patient, Suleika Pérez Suero, 27, had type 1 diabetes and been insulin-dependent since she was ten years old.
The information was offered by Dr. Julio Amado Castaños Guzmán, president of the HGPS Board of Trustees, who has been a fundamental part of the transplant program since 2007 at that center and a pioneer in transplants from recently-deceased donors.
In turn, Dr. Nepomuceno Mejía, medical director of the center, confirmed the commitment that the HGPS has to continue favoring the population with the different transplant programs that it develops.
The transplant was carried out, and the graft (pancreas) showed good function immediately, which represents significant progress for Dominican medicine, since, through programs like this one, patients can recover their quality of life and avoid the deterioration of the organs that for reasons of diabetes fail in a sustained and progressive way.