Work be­gins on trans­plant cen­tre

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Con­struc­tion has be­gun on the new King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal in Dubai, which will of­fer pa­tients liver trans­plants from live donors for the first time. The 100-bed cen­tre is lo­cated in Dubai Hills, which is part of the new Mo­hammed bin Rashid City, lo­cated off Al Khail Road. It is due to be com­pleted in the first quar­ter of 2018. A state­ment said trans­plants “will be in the form of liv­ing-re­lated trans­plants, mean­ing that the cor­re­spond­ing liver donor is a rel­a­tive of the pa­tient”. The state­ment con­tin­ued: “Pa­tients in the UAE, who may be af­fected by se­vere liver fail­ure, will thus be given a re­newed life op­por­tu­nity in their home coun­try. In the near fu­ture, this spe­cialised surgery will also help ad­dress the un­met needs of the wider GCC.” King’s went on to say that in 2013 6 per cent of all GCC pa­tients trav­elled who trav­elled abroad for treat­ment were seek­ing trans­plant care. Prof Nigel Heaton, Con­sul­tant Liver Trans­plant Sur­geon, said ties be­tween King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal and the UAE stem back to 1979 when the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan made a ma­jor do­na­tion to help found its liver re­search cen­tre in London.

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