Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) transplant and organ donation teams performed 10 kidney transplants and two liver transplants over a 10-day period in June 2021.
Of the 10 kidney transplants, seven of the patients were Qataris and of these, three were recipients of donations from their relatives. The two liver transplants were from deceased donors.
Minister of Public Health H.E. Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari visited some of the patients who received the donor organs and lauded the teams involved in the life-saving procedures.
She stated that Qatar's organ donation and transplantation programs are unique - we have a single, unified waiting list as well as exemplary care and ongoing support for donors and their families. Many countries around the world seek to emulate our model of care.
Qatar's national strategy for organ donation and transplantation is not only world-leading in terms of the clinical and ethical standards it applies, but Qatar also has the depth of clinical expertise and facilities to perform these procedures and provide safe and effective follow-up care for transplant patients," she added.
Medical director at Hamad General Hospital, and Director of Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation (QCOT) Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, said that since the start of our transplant program in 1986, we have worked tirelessly and strengthened the exceptional care we provide to our patients, adding that we have in place a multidisciplinary team with some leading international experts that enabled us to deliver the highest levels of care to our patients who need these procedures.
HMC's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari said the organ transplant program offers an excellent standard of care and positive outcomes.
"The increase of our transplant activities came as a result of the tremendous increase of living and deceased donation, and the growing trust of the community in the safety and world class outcomes of our transplant surgeries," Dr. Al Ansari said.
"Even during COVID-19 pandemic we created a special track for these essential surgeries, to ensure the pandemic did not disrupt the opportunity for this group that are always foremost in our minds," Dr. Al Ansari added.
In turn, Senior Consultant Transplant surgeon at HMC Professor Jonas Wadstrom, said that over the past five years the kidney transplant program at HMC has developed and made significant improvements.
"There has been a large increase in the number of transplants performed each year, with kidneys both from live and deceased donors," he said, adding that parallel to that increase in numbers also the quality and the expertise has developed and improved significantly. In a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach patient with complex medical situations such as blood group incompatibility and in cooperation with Sidra, pediatric patients are being transplanted. Throughout this development and while performing more complex and advanced treatments, the results have been excellent and comparable to other world class centers.
Source: Qatar News Agency
Image Credit: HMC
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