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Dubai enters golden era of organ transplant

The first cadaver transplant was successful in Dubai when an Emirati mother of two received kidney of deceased donor flown in from Saudi Arabia.
Kidney transplantation in Dubai

Dubai: Dubai can now add on to its history with golden letters a new era of organ transplantation. This is also the first cadaver transplant in the Emirate when a mother of two received the first kidney transplant in Dubai. Dubai reached a medical breakthrough this month with the successful transplant of a kidney of a deceased donor to a 29-year-old Emirati woman. The Dubai Health Care City Authority (DHCA) announced this news on Wednesday.

The surgery was carried out on June 8 under the aegis of Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in collaboration with the Mediclinic City Hospital at Dubai Health Care City (DHCC).

Dr David Hickey, a transplant surgeon and former director of National Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programme in Ireland, conducted the surgery along with Dr Farhad Janahi, Assistant Professor at MBRU and Consultant Urologist at the Mediclinic Hospital.

An Emirati mother of two, a severe diabetic with total kidney failure and a severe dialysis patient is the kidney recipient.

She received the kidney from a deceased Saudi donor arranged through the Saudi Centre for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) headed by Dr Faisal Shaheen, director general of the centre.

Dr Ali Abdul Kareem Al Obaidli, chairman of UAE’s National Organ Transplant Committee, is reported to have said by Gulf News: “The formation of a national kidney disease registry with a proper cadaver organ donation in place is inevitable, after the successful completion of the first kidney transplant which also marks the first-time cadaver organ transplant in Dubai,”

Dr Al Obaidli also added in the report that “For over 2,500 patients on dialysis in the UAE, the news of the first cadaver organ transplant in Dubai was a great relief. The logistics of the successful transplant surgery were arranged with the UAE’s own resources. It was a result of perfect coordination between many stakeholders and it demonstrated the willingness of the community and significant support from our multicultural society. A recent survey conducted by the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) indicated that nearly 68 per cent of the respondents were willing to donate organs after their death. This shows the strong culture of donation that is present in the country. Our transplant team is ready and undergone rigorous training on simulators and through other resources.”

Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of the education sector of the Dubai Health Care City Authority (DHCA), acknowledge this medical breakthrough and termed it a community coordination feat achieved by the transplant team at the Mediclinic City Hospital that included Dr David Hickey, a transplant surgeon and former director of National Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programme in Ireland, and Dr Farhad Janahi, assistant professor at MBRU and consultant urologist at Mediclinic City Hospital, as all others who were involved in the process.

 

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