(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman of Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, recently visited the Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to attend a special event organised by the Centre to celebrate his return from undergoing medical treatment abroad.
Dr Riadh AbdulSattar Fadhil, Director of the Centre, welcomed Al Attiyah to the Centre and expressed his gratitude for the great trust he placed in the team.
The Centre was able to successfully provide lungs for His Excellency from a deceased donor in Doha and transfer them to London in a record time for a lung transplant operation. The transport is believed to be one of the longest involving an organ for transplantation. While Qatar has a successful and world recognized organ donation program it currently does not undertake lung transplants.
'The Centre had the honour to provide its services to one of the leaders who have dedicated their lives and continuously laying the foundation pillars of sustainability and progress in Qatar, Dr Riadh said.
'We pray to God to grant him long life and good health to continue in his role in the development of Qatar.
Al Attiyah expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to H E Dr Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, for the careful follow-up at all stages of treatment abroad and at home in Qatar. He also thanked the clinicians, nurses, paramedics and support staff who work at HMC who contribute and continue to provide the best health services for all citizens and residents alike.
At the ceremony, Dr Riadh presented His Excellency with memento to thank him for his support and wished him full health and long life.
Al Attiyah enjoyed a long career in the service of the State of Qatar - he started his work in the Ministry of Finance and Petroleum in 1972. He held several leadership positions in Qatar and abroad, including minister of energy and industry in 1992 as well as chairing the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on several occasions. He was appointed deputy prime minister in 2007 while keeping his position as minister of energy and industry. In 2015, he established the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy and Sustainable Development Foundation, an independent non-profit organization.