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Manchester Royal Infirmary celebrates 40 years and 4,000 Kidney Transplants!

This week Manchester Royal Infirmary hosted an event to celebrate successfully undertaking their 4,000th kidney transplant and in doing so became the first hospital in the UK to reach the milestone. As well as celebrating this fantastic milestone they also celebrated over 40 years of transplantation in Manchester. The transplant team held a celebratory event for both of these milestones on 20th February 2009, and invited some big name international speakers to celebrate the event. Although the 4,000th transplant was actually completed back in November, the celebration had to be put on hold as the event had already been planned for February 2009. This was because the team at Manchester Royal Infirmary weren’t expecting to reach the 4,000th patient until after Christmas, so to exceed expectation is a welcome surprise to everyone. Mr Neil Parrott, Renal Transplant Consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary said: “I am absolutely delighted that Manchester Royal Infirmary has now done it’s 4000th kidney transplant in the same year that also marks the 40th anniversary of our first ever kidney transplant in 1968. Manchester has a very long and proud tradition as a leading kidney transplant centre, and is currently the largest in the UK and one of the largest in the world. Whilst this is a tremendous achievement in itself, what is more important is that for 40 years this unit has been giving new life and new vitality to so many people because of the success that is kidney transplantation. “There have been many developments and improvements over the last four decades, and I am confident that they will not stop there. I hope too that our success helps people to consider the very positive act of organ donation, and can see how it benefits so many people. The success of 4,000 transplants is due to the contributions of a huge and dedicated team who can also feel justifiably proud.” There were over 100 delegates in attendance from across the world including Manchester Royal Infirmary transplant surgeons past and present. Professor James Shapiro, the Director of Islet Transplantation Programme at the University of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada discussed the global success of Islet Transplantation and this was of particular interest as Manchester Royal Infirmary has just become a Nationally Recognised Centre to do Islet transplants. Professor Gunnar Tyden from the Department of Transplant Surgery at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden will give a presentation about ABO incompatible transplantation, this is a relatively new procedure which involves donors being used which would have previously been unsuitable. Both speakers are world-renowned leaders in their fields and gave an interesting account of the ground-breaking work they have carried out. Over 100 patients and their guests also attended for a celebration lunch.