DoNation: Kidney Transplant

Director: BBC
Year: 2005
Country: UK
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Human Transplantation, Documentary

Professor Robert Winston introduces this hour-long special focusing on the real-life story of husband and wife Rajesh and Varsha as they undergo a living donor kidney transplant operation. The film follows their family going through the incredibly moving and worrying experience of living donation - with Varsha being the kidney donor and Rajesh the recipient. Rajesh's kidneys failed four years ago. They talk about their reasons for choosing this kind of transplant and their hopes for how it will change their lives for the better. It is a powerfully emotional story as both Rajesh and Varsha share their feelings about sharing the ultimate gift, the gift of life. As the operation approaches cameras go behind the scenes of the operating theatre at St Mary's in Paddington as surgeon Nadey Hakim and his team remove one of Varsha's healthy kidneys and transplant it to Rajesh. (Aired BBC One, Thursday 25 August 2005, 21:00)

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