Being described as an historic achievement for Antigua and Barbuda, the Mount St John’s Medical Centre is being highly credited for the first successful Kidney Transplant performed on the island.
The eight hour procedure marked the very first time an operation of that nature was done in the country’s medical history.
The exercise was performed by a fourteen member team consisting of four surgeons, two anaesthetists and eight specialist nurses.
Commenting on the momentous occasion, Minister with responsibility for Health and the Environment-Molwyn Joseph said that January 16th was already a historical day in the lives of Antiguans and Barbudans and Monday’s events made it even more significant and special.
“On this very day seventy eight (78) years ago, Antigua Trades and Labour Union was formed and that organization preceded all political trade union bodies ever formed in this country and it was singularly responsible for the transformation of the lives of our people. It is fitting therefore that another transformative event on this day 78 years later in the lives of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Today, another historical accomplishment occurred, as the Mount St John Medical Center, succeeded in completing the first kidney transplant in our country”, Minister Joseph said.
The Government official added that all Antiguans and Barbudans have a right to be proud of this marvellous achievement, saying that the nation accomplished what was once thought to be impossible to achieve.
“I also want to acknowledge my cabinet colleagues for their support of the Ministry’s program; I thank all the doctors, nurses and other technicians who directly or indirectly contributed to this success. They shared a vision with the government of what we can accomplish in healthcare and they brought professionalism in making possible what for years appeared to be impossible. Our nation has a right to take pride in this accomplishment, we have done what mere mortals can do and it was done with dedication and care”, Joseph said.