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A very meaningful gift from her friend of 25 years

Serbian journalist Ivana Jankovic has regained her health in Turkey after receiving a kidney transplant from her friend of 25 years. The kidney transplant was performed at the Acibadem Bursa Hospital using the 3 dimensional laparoscopic method. Prof. Dr. Bülent Oktay, Head of the Acibadem Bursa Hospital Organ Transplant Department, said the operation had been a success and added, “Thanks to 3 dimensional laparoscopic surgery, the donor, Marijana recovered in 3 days instead of 3 months. Ivana will also be able to go back to work as soon as one month”. 

Serbian journalist Ivana Jankovic regained her health with a kidney from her friend of 25 years. Jankovic, a journalist who has written countless political news articles in her country, had to start dialysis treatment 4 years ago. Unfortunately her kidneys were on the verge of failing and her prognosis was becoming more serious each day. The life support she needed came in the form of her friend Marijana Milosavljevic, who is also a journalist, and the people of Serbia. An aid campaign was started among the Serbian public to help Ivana and her donor Marijana. The campaign drew a lot of attention and reached its goal in a very short time.

acb-bursaThe two friends were given a great send off that was full of hope to Turkey’s Acibadem Bursa Hospital. They underwent 3 dimensional laparoscopic surgery at the Acibadem Bursa Hospital. Prof. Dr. Bülent Oktay, Head of the Acibadem Bursa Hospital Urology and Organ Transplant Department, performed the kidney transplant. Prof. Dr. Oktay said the operation was a great success and added “3 dimensional laparoscopic surgery enabled the donor Marijana to recover in 3 days instead of 3 months. Ivana will also be able to go back to work as soon as one month”.

Ivana Jankovic never had much time to think about her health due to her busy work schedule. She was a journalist. Over the years she wrote countless political articles. Her love of journalism made her put off her health until 4 years ago. Her kidneys started to fail 4 years ago and she had to start dialysis. Marijana Milosavljevic, also a journalist and her friend for 25 years, wanted to give her kidney to Ivana but not wanting any harm to come to her friend, Ivana immediately refused. Her situation began to deteriorate quickly until it became vital for her to receive a kidney transplant. Marijana tried very hard to convince her friend and was finally successful. The Serbian people also showed their compassion. An aid campaign was started in Serbia for Ivana’s kidney transplant. The campaign drew a lot of attention and reached its goal in a very short time. All hope was pinned on Turkey and the two journalist friends set out for the Acibadem Bursa Hospital.

The U.S. does not even have 3 dimensional surgery

Prof. Dr. Bülent Oktay, Head of the Acibadem Bursa Hospital Urology and Organ Transplant Department, and his staff performed Ivana’s kidney transplant. The test results had been sent ahead of time and there were no impediments to the organ transplant between the two friends. After the final tests were done before surgery, donor Marijana was taken in to be operated on first as required by procedure. Prof. Dr. Oktay said “We do the process of taking a kidney from a live donor, which is called donor nephrectomy, by 3 dimensional laparoscopy. This is the only one in Turkey. Since this method is closed surgery we do it with a very small incision so there is less bleeding and it is more comfortable for the patient both during and after the surgery”. Prof. Dr. Oktay explained that this method was used on donor Marijana and as soon as she approached the kidney ‘extraction’ stage the patient receiving the organ was brought into the operating room. “Once the donor’s groin area is prepared we extract the kidney by closed surgery, cool it with a special serum and take it to the adjoining room to start working on transplanting the organ to the recipient in a matter of minutes. The kidney which has been extracted from the live donor starts to work immediately. We are able to complete both operations in a very short time”.

Prof. Dr. Oktay said “This method is not used in the U.S. because robots are common there. In Europe robots are not so widespread and 3 dimensional laparoscopy is just becoming popular. Those who use this method tend to use robots less” referring to the 3 dimensional laparoscopy method and pointed out that Turkey is a country that stands out in laparoscopy. In fact, in 2015 Istanbul will be hosting the annual Laparoscopy Conference.

The method that enables recovery in 3 days instead of 3 months

Prof. Dr. Bülent Oktay emphasized that while 3 months were necessary to recover with the old method, Marijana is able to return to her normal every day activities in 3 days with the 3 dimensional laparoscopic method. Explaining that Ivana, the kidney recipient, did not have any restrictions in her movements, Prof Dr. Oktay said she could return to her job in, as soon as, one month and that her progress would be followed through a line of communication between Turkey and Serbia. While explaining that during the final stages of chronic kidney failure, patients have to resort to dialysis because they are unable to find donor kidneys and their 5 year survival rate on the dialysis program is only 50 percent, Prof. Dr. Oktay said “So in other words there is the risk of losing half of the patients on dialysis within 5 years. But this is not true for transplants. Now we have a completely healthy person. She was also going through the dialysis process. She will see, on a very personal level, the change in her quality of life after the transplant”.

I’m starting a new life thanks to the doctors in Turkey

kidney-transplant-patient-346 year old Ivana Jankovic, who is now embracing life after a successful organ transplant at the Acibadem Bursa Hospital last month, said “After a lot of research I had decided on going with Prof. Dr. Bülent Oktay at the Acibadem Bursa Hospital. I see that I was right. Now I feel great. I am starting a new life thanks to the doctors in Turkey”. Admitting that she tried to keep up with the fast tempo of journalism as much as her strength would allow and even went to dialysis at night, Ivana said, “I had a stressful job and the stress of my disease on top of that. My friends covered for me a lot. Some days I couldn’t even go to work. The kidney from my friend of 25 years gave me new life” and added that she would be returning to the ‘marathon’ that is journalism very soon. Marijana, the 48 year old journalist donor said that she received great support from her husband during this process and added “We have no children. My husband also has great respect for Ivana and always gave us his support during this time. Being able to give life to my friend of 25 years is a feeling I can’t describe. I wish all the best to Ivana. I also enjoyed Bursa very much, it is a beautiful city and I would like to come back as soon as possible”.