Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has successfully performed six kidney and three liver transplant operations at Hamad General Hospital this month. The organs, which saved the lives of nine patients, were donated by three deceased donors.
Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and Director of Qatar Centre for Organ Transplantation, said all nine patients are recovering well and are being monitored by the transplant team for their follow-up care.
The patients were of various nationalities, between the ages of 21 and 61 years. The three deceased donors were of Asian nationalities.
In addition to the transplant operations performed this month, the surgical teams also performed 21 kidney transplants and six liver transplants. Dr Al Maslamani said that Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programme is world-leading and has been recognised internationally for its focus on fairness and equality.
The surgical team that performed this month’s six kidney transplants was led by Dr Al Maslamani and include a team of dedicated medical professionals from the Organ Donation Centre, from various departments of HMC, and by transplant coordinators and clinical teams in charge of patient evaluation, treatment and follow up.
Since the Qatar Organ Donor Registry was launched in 2012, around 300,000 donors, or at least 15% of the country’s adult population, have signed up to become an organ donor. The Doha Agreement on Organ Transplantation was launched in 2009 in cooperation with the International Association for Organ Transplantation and the Istanbul Declaration Group. The principles and strategies of the Doha Agreement are in line with the Istanbul Declaration and the Guidelines set by the World Health Organisation.
Check out this link to learn more about the organ donation programme in Qatar, including information on how to be a donor.