Doctors at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have performed six kidney and three liver transplants at Hamad General Hospital this month. The organs were donated by three deceased donors.
Dr Yousuf al-Maslamani, director of the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation and medical director of Hamad General Hospital, said all nine patients who received the organs are recovering well and are being monitored by the transplant teams as part of their follow-up care.
The nine patients were of various nationalities, including Qatari, Asian and Arab nationalities. The recipients were between the ages of 21 and 61 and the three deceased donors were of Asian nationalities.
In addition to the transplant operations performed this month, surgical teams at the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation successfully performed 21 kidney transplants and six liver transplants this year.
Dr al-Maslamani noted that Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programme is world-leading and has been recognised internationally for its focus on fairness and equality.
The surgical team that performed this month’s six kidney transplants was led by Dr al-Maslamani and included Prof Riadh Abdul Sattar Fadhil, director of the Qatar Organ Donation Center, Prof Jonas Wadstrom, Dr Omar Issam Alani, Dr Salahuddin Abdul Latif, and Dr Baleegh Mansour. The liver transplant team was led by Prof Hatem Khalaf and included Dr Ahmed Elaffandi, Dr Walid Shehata, Dr Mohamed Naji El Masri,
Dr Yasser Hammad, Dr Moutaz Derbala, Dr Yasser Medhat, Dr Muna al-Maslamani, Dr Mohamed Faisal Malmstrom, Dr Yolande Hanssens, Dr Mohamed Said Ghali, and Dr Ibn Aouf Sulaiman.
The surgeries involved a collaboration between various HMC departments, including the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, led by Dr Ajayeb al-Nabet; the Nephrology Department, led by Dr Hassan al-Malki; the Gastroenterology Department, led by Dr Saad al-Kaabi; the Clinical Imaging Department, led by Dr Ahmed Omar; and the Department of Anaesthesiology, led by Dr Marco Marcus.
The transplant teams were further supported by transplant co-ordinators and clinical teams involved in the patients’ evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care. This team included Abdel-Hadi Rushdi Abu-Jeish, Rani John, Lou Andrew, Rossini Gayares Jovero, Mahmoud Saleh, Faten Jamal Almakableh, and Litty Mathew.
Since the Qatar Organ Donor Registry was launched in 2012, around 300,000 donors, or 15% of the country’s adult population, have signed up to become an organ donor. The Doha Agreement on Organ Transplantation was launched in 2009 in co-operation with the International Association for Organ Transplantation and the Istanbul Declaration Group.
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