Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation has successfully performed three kidney transplants within a span of three days, Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, Director of Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation and Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital (HGH), announced.

The transplant procedures, which took place in the past weeks, included three live-donor kidneys donated by: a Qatari citizen to his uncle; a Jordanian resident to her husband; and an Egyptian resident to her daughter.

The outcome of the three procedures was excellent as donors left the hospital in a few days after the donation and the recipients of the donated organs were discharged one week later. Commenting on the sharp increase in the number of organ transplants, Dr Al Maslamani said:

The number of kidney and liver transplants performed during the first four months of 2015 has exceeded the total annual number of transplants in the previous years.’

The remarkable increase in the number of organ transplants is attributed to the sincere efforts of the clinical, nursing, and support staff at HMC’s Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation and Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba). He said:

We give credit to the leadership at HMC and the Supreme Council of Health for their continued support in this endeavor.’

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Preparation for more kidney transplants from live-donors is underway; portfolios of 50 live-donors willing to donate organs to their relatives have been opened and organ transplants would eventually be performed for the recipients. Four cadaveric (after death) organ donations have been arranged so far this year, Dr Al Maslamani added. Furthermore, he expressed hope that the relatives of patients in need of organs would be encouraged to take the initiative of donating organs to save the lives of their loved ones. Dr Al Maslamani urged the public to pledge to after death organ donation and have their names entered into the national donor registry at Hiba, which is asking the public to register to be organ donors as part of spreading awareness about the cause. HMC provides programmes in kidney and liver transplantation and for many people a transplant can mean the gift of life.

HMC has been the principal public healthcare provider in the state of Qatar for over three decades. HMC manages eight hospitals, incorporating five specialist hospitals and three community hospitals. The Corporation also manages the National Ambulance Service as well as home and residential care, all accredited by Joint Commission International. HMC is leading the development of the region’s first academic health system and is committed to building a legacy of healthcare expertise in Qatar. HMC collaborates with partners who are key experts in Qatar and beyond, including Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare, Boston. HMC are also the first hospital system in the Middle East to achieve institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I), which demonstrates excellence in the way medical graduates are trained through residency, internship and fellowship programs.