Help at hand for kidney patients

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Aug 2019

Personal experience: (From left) Khairul, Tan and Dr Mohd Redzuan Buyung during the launch of the website on Sunday Personal experience: (From left) Khairul, Tan and Dr Mohd Redzuan Buyung during the launch of the website on Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite suffering sudden kidney failure two-years-ago, engineer Khairul Shazwali Talib, 33, took up distance running to keep fit.

“I went for a medical test in 2016 for gout and was shocked when the doctor told me that my kidneys had failed due to acute polycystic kidney disease”, he said.

“I was told that I had to be on dialysis if I wanted to live, ” he said after the launch of the MyBuahPinggang webpage yesterday.Khairul Shazwali, who is from Seri Kembang, said he was initially devastated by the news.

A former rugby player and still active in sports, he was advised by doctors to avoid contact sports.

“I wanted to remain active so I took up distance running instead.

“I have since participated in runs covering distances of between 5km and 12km, ” he added.

Fortunately he underwent surgery in January this year to receive a kidney donated by his elder brother Khairul Shazwan, 37.

“I am very lucky and now want to help others by creating awareness that they too can lead a normal life with proper treatment, ” he said.

Khairul Shazwali, who has two children age two and five, was eventually roped in by kidney specialists Dr Rafidah Abdullah and Dr Nor Fadhlina Zakaria to help manage the MyBuahPinggang webpage to help other kidney patients.

Two other kidney patients Peter Tan, 53, from Penang and Dr Mohd Redzuan Buyung, 33, are also helping to manage the website and to promote the use the peritoneal dialysis instead of regular haemodialysis.

Unlike haemodialysis, which requires kidney patients to undergo regular treatment at dialysis centres, peritoneal dialysis allows patients to treat themselves in their own homes.

Meanwhile, Health Ministry medical development division director Datuk Dr Bahari Tok Muda Che Awang Ngah warned as many as 106, 000 Malaysians are expected to suffer kidney failure by 2040 and they would need dialysis.

At present, he noted that only 10% out of the estimated

50,000 kidney patients nationwide are using peritoneal dialysis.

“The ministry hopes to see between 30% and 40% of kidney patients using peritoneal dialysis as it is cheaper by between RM1, 000 and RM2, 000 per month compared to haemodialysis treatment, ” he said.

He added peritoneal dialysis also allowed patients to go about their daily routine compared to them spending long hours at dialysis centres.

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