Qatar- HMC performs second liver transplant from living donor

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

The Organ Transplant Team at Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Hamad General Hospital has successfully performed Qatar's second liver transplant from a living donor. The first liver transplant from a living donor was performed last year.

The recipient of this latest transplant, which took place earlier this month, was a 40-year-old Egyptian resident who had been suffering from chronic liver disease. His 30-year-old brother donated part of his liver for the procedure.

Dr Yousef Al Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and Director of the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation said living donor liver transplantations are very complex.

'The transplant was planned and performed by HMC's highly qualified team of liver transplant surgeons, anesthetists, nurses, and technicians. World-renowned Japanese liver transplant surgeon Professor Yasuhiro Ogura supervised the procedures. In a living donor transplant, both the donor and the recipient undergo surgery simultaneously, with the donor's surgery beginning a few hours in advance of the recipient's surgery. Successful living-donor transplantation is complex and requires high levels of coordination, teamwork, and clinical expertise, said Dr Al Maslamani.

He also said that working with international specialists who are leaders in their field is in line with efforts to provide patients with access to renowned experts while also continuing to enhance the quality of healthcare services at HMC.

'The future of our population's health and well-being depends on supplementing our existing expertise and this means working in close partnership with a wide array of leading international agencies and institutions to ensure our self-sufficiency. We remain focused on becoming a regional center of excellence in multi-organ transplantation, said Dr Al Maslamani.

'Since the launch of the Qatar Organ Donation Center (HIBA), we have developed a robust deceased organ donation program. We are continuing to work to expand this program, raising public awareness about organ donation and the importance of registering as an organ donor. There are currently over a quarter of a million registered organ donors in the country, but the need for organ donors has never been greater. Choosing to become an organ donor truly is a life-saving decision, Dr Al Maslamani.

The organ transplant recipient is comfortably recovering at his home and has thanked HMC for the high-quality care he received before and after his operation.

To date, five liver transplants have been conducted during 2017, with a one hundred percent success rate.


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