FIRST KIDNEY TRANSPLANT PATIENT BACKS DONOR SCHEME
Emirati mother receives groundbreaking surgery
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.