(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Fazeena Saleem | The Peninsula
Doha: Making it a major milestone in the development of Qatar's integrated healthcare system, surgeons from Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), have jointly performed the first and second live donor renal transplants to be performed at Sidra Medicine. Both surgeries involved adult to child transplantation.
The surgeries also mark the launch of paediatric renal transplant services at Sidra Medicine, which will serve patients from Qatar and the region.
Over a period of months, a joint team from Sidra Medicine and HMC planned and prepared for the two kidney transplant surgeries between mother and child. The first surgery took place on April 14 and the second transplant was performed on May 8.
'The surgeries are an example of collaboration between our teams here at Sidra Medicine and HMC as we specialise 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, said Dr Abdulla Al Kaabi, Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medicine, addressing a press conference yesterday.
He also said that with the success of two transplantations Sidra Medicine is working together with HMC to expand the paediatric organ transplant services in the coming months beyond renal surgeries.
'These momentous surgeries were the product of ongoing cooperation between HMC and Sidra Medicine. HMC has the benefit of over 30 years of kidney transplant experience, and we are proud of our role as a pioneer and innovator in the field of organ transplantation in Qatar. We're glad to be able to share our experience and expertise with our colleagues at Sidra Medicine in order to make lifesaving transplantation a viable option for more residents of Qatar, said Dr Abdulla Al Ansari, Acting Chief Medical Officer at HMC
First renal transplant patient of Sidra Medicine was Mohammed, aged five who was in the final stages of renal failure and undergoing dialysis. His parents were living in Qatar for more than six years and Mohammed was diagnosed with renal problem, when he was three and half years old. His mother Rabab Abdul Salam, donated one of her kidneys to allow him lead a normal healthy 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.
After an 11 day stay at Sidra Medicine, Mohammed was discharged on April 25 and his mother was discharged, four days after the surgery. Mohammed's surgery has been deemed a success and he no longer requires dialysis.
Mohammed was present at the press conference with his mother Rabab and father Taher Hassnein.
Dr Abu Bakr Imam, Division Chief, Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, Sidra Medicine and who has overseen the planning and performing the surgery said, 'As a joint multidisciplinary team from Sidra Medicine and HMC, we were doing planning and simulating the surgery for nearly a year. The launch of our renal transplant service with Mohammed's life-saving surgery is an exciting clinical milestone for Sidra Medicine. We are incredibly proud of the collaboration with our peers from HMC and look forward to our continued partnership to improve the health outcomes for patients in Qatar.
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.
Sidra Medicine works closely with HMC's ‘Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation' (Hiba), who regulate and monitor the country's organ donation programme. The Hiba Center was inaugurated by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2012, where she registered as the first organ donor.
'At HMC, we are committed to supporting a robust culture of organ donation and we are seeing the incredible impact that organ donation is having on multiple lives across our country. Since the Qatar Organ Donor Registry was launched in 2012, over 350,000 donors have registered. Saving lives through organ donation is dependent upon the generosity of donors and their families and partnerships between many teams and organizations. We are delighted to have shared our expertise with Sidra Medicine in the launch of their pediatric renal transplant service, said Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani, Director, Hiba.