Doha, 2 September 2021: Qatar’s first lung transplant procedure was recently successfully performed on a Qatari lady by a surgical team at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The Patient, a mother of two, is recovering well from the eight-hour operation and is now undergoing high-quality medical care.
The HMC surgical team was led by Professor Takahiro Oto, an internationally renowned expert in lung transplantation who joined HMC in 2020 to spearhead the lung transplant program. Also involved in the complex procedure was a highly skilled multispecialty team of surgeons, physicians, nurses and support technical staff.
H.E Dr. Al Kuwari said the first lung transplant performed in Qatar was a significant milestone for the country and demonstrated that patients here have access to outstanding levels of specialized care.
“Being able to perform one of the most complicated and challenging surgical procedures like a lung transplant here in Qatar demonstrates the high standards of expertise and state-of-the-art technology our patients receive.”
She said that Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programs have fairness and equity at their heart and are being lauded and emulated by other countries.
“Qatar is a pioneer in the field of organ donation and transplantation both regionally and internationally and many countries seek to emulate our programs,” HE Dr. Al Kuwari said. “Through initiatives such as the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation – an innovative hub for collaborative research, education and training in the field of organ donation – we are also supporting other countries in the development of their own programs.”
Qatar’s organ transplant program offers kidney, liver and now lung transplant surgeries making HMC one of the most comprehensive transplant centers in the region.