Posted on July 16, 2017

Last week, Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Director of the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation and Medical Director of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Hamad General Hospital, announced that eight patients successfully underwent liver and kidney transplant operations in June and are now recovering at home.

Eight transplant surgeries in a single week is a record for HMC and Dr. Al Maslamani highlighted that all patients are recovering well and are being monitored by the transplant teams as part of their follow-up care. The gift of life for the organ transplant recipients came from four donors, one related living donor and three deceased donors. According to Dr. Al Maslamani, celebrating the success of the surgeries - five kidney transplants and three liver transplants - is important as it highlights the significance and value of the gifts of life and health.

The surgeries involved a collaboration between various HMC departments including medicine, surgery, anesthesia, critical care, laboratory and radiology, with the Qatar Organ Donation Center leading and coordinating the effort. While eight transplant surgeries in a single week is a new record for HMC, the transplant team sees this achievement as a stepping stone that they are excited to build upon.

Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services said he is proud of the team that works each day to realize such successes. “We are proud of the teams from our organ donation and transplantation centers, the high standard of quality care that we have established and of our safety standards. The outcomes achieved by our organ donation and transplantation teams are comparable with the best international standards,” said Dr. Al Ansari. 

Dr. Riadh Fadhil, Director of the Qatar Organ Donation Center, added that he is proud of both HMC’s focus on public education about the importance of organ donation and the humane and equitable nature of its organ transplantation program. “Our model is world leading and our community continues to provide a good example to the rest of the world in terms of the responsibility to treat all patients equally. Our program’s organ recipients include Qatari, Filipino, Indian, Yemeni, Pakistani, Egyptian, and Syrian nationals. We are one of the few countries in the region offering integrated organ transplantation services on the basis of a single unified national waiting list,” said Dr. Fadhil.

Dr. Al Maslamani expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the donors’ families, stating that without their selfless gift, the eight patients could not have survived. “On behalf of the recipients and their families, and on behalf of all those involved in these life-saving procedures, I wish the donors’ families good health for their future and I wish to acknowledge their loved ones who gave the gift of life.”  

To learn more about organ donation, including information about registering as a donor, please visit http://organdonation.hamad.qa.

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