Kairunnissa (L) and Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel, priest of Cheengery St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church (R)
Kochi: Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel, priest of Cheengery St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church in Wayanad district on Wednesday proved that he is the good shepherd by donating one of his kidneys to a 29-year-old woman.
The 39-year-old priest who is also an author and uses the proceedings from the sale of books for charitable purpose, donated his kidney to Kairunnissa, who lives with her husband and three-year-old daughter at Akalad, near Chavakad in Thrissur district. The kidney was harvested and transplanted into Kairunnissa at VPS Lakeshore here on Wednesday. Kairunnissa was selected as the recipient from those who were registered with the Kidney Federation of India founded by Fr. Davis Chiramel.
The patient was suffering from kidney ailments for the past four years and underwent several rounds of dialysis in the past one-and-a-half years. Even as Kairunnissa’s 56-year-old mother, Shereefa, who lives in Kasaragod, was ready to donate one of her kidneys to daughter, it was not matching. Later, Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel’s blood group was found matching. Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel was inspired by Fr. Davis Chiramel who set an example by donating one of his kidneys.
Both the donor and recipient are in good condition, according to the hospital. Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel, who has been shifted to ICU, will be discharged after four days. Meanwhile, Kairunissa, who is also shifted to ICU, will remain there for five days and will be discharged after one week following medical examination.
The harvesting and transplanting of kidney was held under a medical team, which included Dr. Abi Abraham M., director, nephrology and transplant services; Dr. George P. Abraham, transplant surgeon and Dr. Mohan A. Mathew, director-anesthesiology.