Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced that six kidney and three liver transplant operations were performed at Hamad General Hospital this month, benefiting nine patients. The life-saving 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 liver was transplanted to three patients and the kidneys to six patients. The patients were of various nationalities, including Qatari, Asian and Arab nationalities. The organ recipients were between the ages of 21 and 61 years. The three deceased donors were of Asian nationalities.
In addition to the transplant operations performed this month, this year surgical teams at the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation successfully performed 21 kidney transplants and six liver transplants. Dr. Al Maslamani noted that Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation program is world-leading and has been recognized 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 Professor Riadh Abdul Sattar Fadhil, Director of the Qatar Organ Donation Center, Professor Jonas Wadstrom, Dr. Omar Issam Alani, Dr. Salahuddin Abdul Latif, and Dr. Baleegh Mansour. The liver transplant team was led by Professor Hatem Khalaf and included Dr. Ahmed Elaffandi, Dr. Walid Shehata, Dr. Mohammed Naji El Masri, Dr. Yasser Hammad, Dr. Moutaz Derbala, Dr. Yasser Medhat, Dr. Muna Al Maslamani, Dr. Mohammad 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 Anesthesiology, led by Dr. Marco Marcus.
The transplant teams were further supported by transplant coordinators and clinical teams involved in the patients’ evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care. This team included Mr. Abdel-Hadi Rushdi Abu-Jeish, Ms. Rani John, Mr. Lou Andrew, Ms. Rossini Gayares Jovero, Mr. Mahmoud Saleh, Ms. Faten Jamal Almakableh, and Ms. Litty Mathew.
Since the Qatar Organ Donor Registry was launched in 2012, around 300,000 donors, or 15 percent 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 cooperation with the International Association for Organ Transplantation and the Istanbul Declaration Group. The principles and strategies of the Doha Agreement are in line with the Istanbul Declaration and the World Health Organization’s Guidelines.
To learn more about organ donation, including information about registering as a donor, please visit http://organdonation.hamad.qa