Mr J. Mercelina became the first Dialysis patient of SMMC to partake in the new transatlantic transplant project, after having been a Dialysis patient for over 16 years. On the Thursday morning a matching living donor was confirmed by AMC, and Mr Mercelina left for the Netherlands some hours after. Before Mr Mercelina left SMMC on the morning, he had these words to say: “The rest behind me [I hope] that they will get the chance that I got today. I hope that it will be successful, and I want to thank the big man above to be around so long, that it was possible”.
As for the future, there are already 3 more Dialysis patients who are in the process of preparing to receive transplantation from possible living donors, and another patient has just started the process, states SMMC’s Nephrologist Dr. Maite Gil González. The possibility of this program gives hope, according to the doctor, who is very happy about this development. As she states: “Transplantation is a miracle, and every donor is a hero”. SMMC has received news that Mr Mercelina’s transplantation was a success, and he is making a speedy recovery.