FIRST KID­NEY TRANS­PLANT PA­TIENT BACKS DONOR SCHEME

Emi­rati mother re­ceives ground­break­ing surgery

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_shosh shoshana@7days.ae

A mother of two who un­der­went the first donor trans­plant in Dubai’s his­tory has en­cour­aged mem­bers of the pub­lic to sign up to a new scheme to save lives.

The 29-year-old Emi­rati, iden­ti­fied only as MA, who en­dured four hours of kid­ney dial­y­sis three times a week over the last year, said: “This surgery has given me a new lease on life, not only be­cause I can be healthy again but also be­cause it has given me the op­por­tu­nity to bring a new life into this world as I would love to have my third child af­ter I re­cover.”

The trans­plant was only pos­si­ble fol­low­ing a re­cent law lift­ing a na­tional ban on trans­plants from de­ceased donors.

“I want to urge each and ev­ery mem­ber of my so­ci­ety to con­sider be­com­ing donors as they will be gift­ing life not only for one in­di­vid­ual but for a whole fam­ily,” added MA.

The surgery marked the launch of the Mo­hammed bin Rashid Uni­ver­sity of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) Or­gan Trans­plant Pro­gramme, which aims to ex­pand op­por­tu­ni­ties for or­gan trans­plants in the coun­try.

The surgery was pos­si­ble when the kid­ney, pro­vided by the Saudi Cen­tre for Or­gan Trans­plan­ta­tion (SCOT), was flown from Riyadh to Dubai and per­formed by a team led by Dr David Hickey, a well-known trans­plant sur­geon from Ire­land.

“This her­alds a new era in surgery in Dubai and gives new hope to many who are re­liant on an or­gan trans­plant to re­store their qual­ity of life,” said Chris­tian Schu­macher, Di­rec­tor of Medi­clinic City Hospi­tal.

More de­tails on the pro­gramme and re­search that paved the way to the surgery will be re­leased in a con­fer­ence in Dubai Health­care City to­day.

The UAE’s first or­gan trans­plant from a de­ceased donor was per­formed on a 23-year-old So­mali woman in Abu Dhabi in 2013.

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