Sushma Swaraj's kidney transplant likely this weekend

The surgery will be performed by a team of experts constituted by AIIMS.

Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj who has been undergoing treatment at AIIMS, is expected to undergo kidney transplant this weekend, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor, media reports said.

According to a report in PTI, its source said: "Living unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant will be done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor."

"As of now the transplant is scheduled to take place this weekend. The clearance from the authorisation committee has been obtained," the AIIMS source told the news agency, adding Sawaraj's pre-transplant process was complete.

"The work up procedure of both the recipient (Sushma) and the donor is complete. Both the recipient and the donor underwent multiple tests to avoid co-morbidity.

"HLA-matching test in case of an unrelated donor is not essential. We have performed the crossmatch and a series of blood and immunological tests and have found both of them fit for the procedure," a doctor said.

The surgery will be performed by a team of experts constituted by AIIMS.

According to a FirstPost report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appoint a full-time foreign minister to replace an ailing Sushma Swaraj, who was admitted to hospital last month after kidney failure.
It is expected that the appointment and a few changes in portfolios might take place after the Winter Session of Parliament ends, the report said. Swaraj, who is awaiting kidney transplant, is expected to remain out of active duty for many months.