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Posted On: 17 June 2019 02:54 pm

Sidra Medicine and HMC perform the first renal transplant surgery

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Surgeons from Sidra Medicine, a Qatar Foundation entity, and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), have jointly performed Sidra Medicine’s first live donor renal transplants. The surgeries also mark the launch of pediatric renal transplant services at Sidra Medicine. Both surgeries involved adult to child transplantation.

Over a period of months, a joint team from Sidra Medicine and HMC overseen by Dr. Abu Bakr Imam Division Chief, Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension at Sidra Medicine, organized and prepared for two kidney transplant surgeries between mother and child. The first landmark surgery took place on 14 April 2019. A second child successfully received a renal transplant on 8 May 2019.

The first renal transplant patient, Mohammed, aged five, was in the final stages of renal failure and was undergoing dialysis. His mother donated one of her kidneys to him to allow him to lead a healthier, more normal life.

Mohammed’s surgery (as the recipient) was conducted by Sidra Medicine’s Prof. Pippi Salle, Division Chief of the Urology and Dr. Bruno Leslie, Pediatric Urologist. His mother’s kidney (as the donor) was harvested laparoscopically, a minimally invasive method, by Dr. Omar Ali and Prof. Bernhard Jonas Wadstrom, Transplant Surgeons from HMC. Both surgeries were done consecutively at Sidra Medicine.

Mohammed’s surgery has been deemed a success and he no longer requires dialysis. After an 11 day stay at Sidra Medicine, Mohammed was discharged on 25 April 2019 and went back to his family. His mother was discharged, four days after the surgery. Mohammed’s patient journey and details about his surgery can be viewed here.

Dr. Abdulla Al Kaabi, Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medicine said: “Effective transplants can change the life expectancy and quality of life for patients, many of whom can go on to live normal lives without the need of dialysis. Our first patient, Mohammed, was incredibly fortunate to have the surgery done within the same facility – saving precious time. His surgery was a wonderful example of collaboration between our teams here at Sidra Medicine and HMC as we specialize in children’s surgeries while the expert HMC team handle adult transplantations. The collaboration also marks the official launch of the renal transplant service at Sidra Medicine where we will be offering life-saving renal transplantation for children in need. Seeing Mohammed happily walking around the wards a few weeks after his surgery – was a memorable day for the whole team. We wish him and his family a beautiful and healthy future.”

The activation of the pediatric renal transplantation surgeries at Sidra Medicine marks another specialty surgery service. It offers all required procedures including kidney transplant biopsies, diagnostic radiology, pathology, desensitization, urinary tract reconstruction, and nephrectomies.

Sidra Medicine’s renal transplantation approach is based on a multi-disciplinary pre-transplant evaluation process and post-transplant care including inpatient and outpatient care. The service is supported by allied health services including social, psychological and nutritional needs as well as appropriate medical, surgical and intensive care management. The service includes transplantations from both living and deceased donors.

Sidra Medicine works closely with HMC’s ‘Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation’ (Hiba), who regulate and monitor the country’s organ donation program. The Hiba Center was inaugurated by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2012, where she registered as the first organ donor. The organ donation program is based on the accepted notion that organ and tissue donation helps others by giving them a second chance at life.

Mohammed’s father, Mr. Taher Hassnein said: “I extend my sincere thanks to the Government of Qatar and its people as well as the medical and administrative staff at Sidra Medicine, HMC, and the Hiba Center for organ transplantation for the excellent care my son received. I also want to thank my wife, for donating her kidney to save our son’s life. My faith is that God will grant our son a complete recovery to lead a fulfilling life without the need for renal dialysis or future medical complications. My message to the community in general and to the families of patients is to consider become organ donors. As the Holy Quran (verse 5:32) states: And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.”

Source: Press release