Muscat: A 19-year-old Omani woman is in urgent need of a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — a treatable, chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory disease that can affect any organ in the body.
Omaima Khamis Nasser Al Jabri, who has suffered from renal failure for several years and requires dialysis twice a week, has been advised to seek an urgent kidney transplant.
Having failed to find a suitable kidney donor within the family, the patient's father, Khamis Nasser Al Jabri, is now appealing to kind-hearted benefactors to donate a kidney to save his daughter's life.
"My daughter Omaima is in critical condition, and she urgently requires a kidney transplant. Her blood group is O+, and only one person in our family has the same blood group, but she is a diabetic," a frantic Al Jabri explained while speaking to Times of Oman yesterday.
Omaima has had a complete medical examination at Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore, India, where the doctors have recommended an immediate kidney transplant.
"Omaima underwent several treatments at hospitals in Mumbai, but there was no progress. At that time, I requested Omaima's parents to take their daughter to Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore," said Kalidas K., convenor of the Indian Social Club, Malayalam Wing, and a close friend of Al Jabri for the last 20 years.
In cases of kidney failure, the first option for a kidney transplant is via a family donor. If the blood group of the family donor does not match, then the second option is donor swapping between two families.
But since Al Jabri has failed to find a donor within his family, Omaima is now in dire need of a kidney from an unrelated benefactor. "Since kidneys are not a commercial commodity, there is a legal framework through which a person can donate the organ. Hospitals in India will agree to perform the kidney transplant with an unrelated donor, as long as the donor meets several criteria," Kalidas noted.
The Royal Hospital in Muscat has also agreed to permit a 'second opinion' and has no objection to Omaima seeking medical help elsewhere. "Omaima is continuing her treatment to suppress the lupus activity and will follow up with Royal Hospital, but we are requesting a generous donor to save my daughter's life. We will always be grateful to you," a dejected Khamis added. Al Jabri can be contacted on 95535358.