Posted on November 28, 2015

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Organ Donation Center (Hiba) recently honored 41 organ donors and their families for giving the gift of life at the annual “Celebration of Life” event, held at Sharq Village and Spa.

The event was attended by His Excellency Abdullah bin Khalid al Qahtani, Minister for Public Health and Hanan Al Kuwari Phd, HMC’s Managing Director and honored 33 living organ donors and the families of the eight deceased donors, for their contribution to the health of the nation and the organ donation program. Seven Qatari organ transplant recipients who chose to have their transplant surgery in Qatar rather than going abroad during 2015 were also honored. Supporters of the program were also thanked for their contribution including Qatar Red Crescent and representatives of the 12 shopping malls who donated space for the organ donation campaign to share their message with the public.

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Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, Director of HMC’s Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation said the organ donation program has seen remarkable success in the past few years. “Through awareness programs, especially the ongoing public awareness campaign about organ donation has managed to bring about a large shift in public understanding and perspective of this important topic,” he said. “It is important to thank those who contributed to the program, especially our living donors and deceased donors and their families. They have truly given the gift of life.”

“The greater number of organ donors has led to an increase in kidney transplant procedures as well as enabling new procedures to take place, such as liver transplants and pediatric kidney transplants.” Mr. Mohammad Saad Al Rumaihi, a kidney transplant patient who received care at HGH, commended HMC’s efforts in the area of organ donation. He said HMC has succeeded in changing the views and perceptions of many Qatari patients who previously opted to travel overseas for their treatment and transplants.

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"We have great confidence in HMC's medical capabilities in organ transplantation. It has a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of surgeons, who are among the world’s best. Qatar is now world renowned in the field of organ transplantation, thanks to God Almighty, the efforts of the Qatari leadership, and the dedication of the team at Organ Donation Center (Hiba), who make every effort possible to save patients' lives, "stated Mr. Al Rumaihi.

Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) Director Dr. Riadh Fadhil said the Center had achieved its goal of doubling donor registrations to 100,000 this year. “Organ donation saves lives and enables opportunities to develop the organ transplantation program,” Dr. Fadhil said. “HMC’s full commitment to the Doha Donation Accord has seen the number of registered donors increase significantly over the last four years from 2000 to more than 100,000.”

“These advances have been achieved through strict implementation of the ethical principles of the Doha Donation Accord, excellent infrastructure, and the unwavering support of Hamad’s leadership, especially our Managing Director, Hanan Al Kuwari PhD and the highly motivated and dedicated medical, nursing and support staff of Qatar Organ Donation Center and Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation.”