Doha, September 2 , 2021: The first lung transplant operation in Qatar was successfully performed at Hamad General Hospital, by the team of Hamad Medical Corporation who performed this complex surgery, which contributed to saving the life of a Qatari citizen, and the patient - a mother of two children - is now recovering well. After the 8-hour operation, she is now undergoing intensive medical care.
The surgical team that performed the operation at HMC was led by Professor Takahiro Otto, an international expert in lung transplantation who joined HMC in 2020 to lead the lung transplant program. The surgery was also performed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a group of Distinguished specialized cadres of surgeons, doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff.
Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari said that performing the first lung transplant is an important achievement for the State of Qatar and proves the availability of a high level of specialized health care for patients in the State of Qatar.
Her Excellency stressed that having the ability to perform one of the most complex and difficult surgeries such as lung transplantation in the State of Qatar shows us the high level of standards, expertise and modern technology that we offer to our patients.
Her Excellency added: "The organ donation and transplant programs in the State of Qatar are distinguished by their permanent commitment to the values of justice and equity, and they are also praised and appreciated by other countries. The State of Qatar is a pioneer in the field of organ donation and transplantation at the regional and international levels, as many countries seek to emulate our programs. We provide support to other countries to develop their own programs through the Doha International Organ Donation Academy, which is an innovative center for collaborative research, education and training in organ donation.”
It is worth noting that the organ transplant program in Qatar provides kidney, liver and, currently, lung transplant surgeries, making Hamad Medical Corporation one of the most comprehensive transplant centers in the region.