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SJHH / Livestream

A Live Kidney Transplant: A Match Made in #HamOnt

Join St. Joe’s inside an operating room to watch a live kidney transplant surgery.

On Wednesday, May 10, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton live-streamed a kidney transplant surgery to raise awareness about kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. Our team was available both in and outside the operating room to answer your questions. We invited the community to join us, and high school students in Hamilton, as we discussed the science of organ transplant and how your kidneys work to keep you alive.

Follow up on the story and watch the videos

If you missed the LIVE event on May 10, you can still view all of our live kidney transplant footage by:

  Visiting our YouTube channel to re-watch the playlist here

  Using the social feed below


Meet our patients

Bhargav Turaga is 45 years old. His minor kidney condition seemed manageable, almost unnoticeable. Two years ago, a sudden deterioration of his kidney’s function changed that picture. Today,Bhargav faces a future of complete deterioration of his kidney and eventually daily dialysis. A new kidney could change that future.

Nagamani Turaga is married to Bhargav, and is 44 years old. Their two teenage daughters are their focus, their future. Ensuring those children have two healthy parents to guide them, to love them, and to raise them into their adult years is the fuel that drives Naga and Bhargav. For Naga, there is little question about giving up one kidney to forge that future.


About the surgery

Kidney transplant surgery is done to provide a patient, known as the recipient, with a healthy kidney from a donor. A live kidney transplant surgery involves the donor surgery, which takes place in the morning, and the recipient surgery, which takes place in the afternoon. The surgery will be led by Dr. Anil Kapoor, and a team of experts from St. Joe’s Kidney and Urinary Program and St. Joe’s Surgery Centre. Dr. Darin Treleaven, Medical Director of the Transplant Program at St. Joe’s and Dr. Shahid Lambe, a transplant surgeon and CTU Director for Urology Residency, will be on hand to explain the surgery and answer your questions.

Learn more about kidney health & transplant


Could the surgery be cancelled?

Every transplant has its own story about the people working to try to make it happen and at St. Joe’s we are all working together to put our patients first. In doing the livestream transplant we are being respectful in telling this family’s story and ensuring that their care is not affected at all by the project. With all of our transplant patients we check in at every stage of the process to ensure we are safe to proceed with the next step. If, at any time the patients who have consented to do this, or any member of our care team, feels the project should not continue, the livestream will not proceed.