ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) performed its first kidney transplant on a 38-year-old former overseas Filipino worker last June 21, AUFMC President and CEO Gabriel Martin Angeles said.

"We take pride in this new milestone and renew our commitment to provide quality specialized healthcare to the people of Central and Northern Luzon," said Angeles.

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The medical team led by renowned transplant surgeon Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete performed the transplant on Maria Elena Navarro of Madapdap, Mabalacat who has been suffering from end-stage renal disease since 2007.

Navarro was working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia when she was diagnosed with the disease. Navarro has been undergoing hemodialysis every other day since then.

"AUFMC is the only hospital north of Metro Manila with an active DOH-accredited transplant program. Transplant candidates no longer have to travel all the way to Manila for this service, which saves so much time, money and effort," said Dr. Marizel Catungal, head of the AUFMC Kidney Transplant Center.

The four-hour simultaneous surgeries of the donor and recipient were performed by Liquete and a medical team composed of assistant transplant surgeon Adolfo Parayno; nephrologists Eden Castillo, Emely Pasumbal and Joy Mallari; urologists Anthony Dexter Griño, Mauricio Gatches and Marcelino Morales; anesthesiologists Grace Enriquez, Ed Arceo, Godofredo Henson, Arnold Grajeda and Asuncion Asis; and general surgeons Rommel Serrano and Alfonso Danac.

Navarro has been discharged from AUFMC and is showing signs of full recovery.