HMC Performs Qatar’s 4th Liver Transplant Surgery

A team at Hamad General Hospital’s Organ Donation Center has successfully performed the 4th liver transplant operation in Qatar. The liver was donated by a 33-year-old Sri Lankan national and the recipient was a 49-year-old Egyptian patient who had been suffering from liver failure due to Hepatitis C.

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The surgical team was led by Dr Hatem Khalaf, Liver and Pancreas Transplant Senior Consultant Surgeon and elected Chairman of the Arab Liver Transplantation Society.

Noting that the surgery lasted six hours and was performed without complications, Dr. Khalaf said the liver transplant recipient spent two days in the ICU before being discharged from hospital ten days after surgery. Dr. Khalaf added that the liver transplant recipient had been suffering from Hepatitis C since 1995 and that transplant surgery was recommended in order to prevent the deterioration of his health. The patient has been on the transplant waiting list since May 2011.

Dr Abdulla Al Ansari, Consultant Surgeon and Chairman of Surgery at HMC, said HMC’s transplantation program is continuing to grow and improve and that preparations are being made to launch a liver transplantation program for living donors.

Dr Yousef Al Maslamani, Consultant and Head of the Organ Transplantation Department at HMC, said organ transplant surgeries are being performed under the Doha Donation Accord.

If the donor is deceased we would provide social support for the family and cover the cost of repatriation, among other things. We want to honor our donors, as they have given this precious gift to someone who desperately needed it.’

Dr Khalaf highlighted the role of Dr Muna Al Maslamani, Senior Consultant, Infectious Diseases, in the observation of the transplant recipient before and after the operation and also praised the role of Rossini Jovero, Senior Liver Transplant Coordinator, for her efforts coordinating with the donor’s family to seek approvals required to complete the transplant. Dr Khalaf said there are currently 12 patients on the liver transplant waiting list, most suffering from liver cancer. HMC has been performing liver transplant surgeries since 2011.