The transplant and organ donation teams of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) performed ten kidney transplants and two liver transplants over a ten-day period this month.

Of the ten kidney transplants, seven of the patients were Qataris and of these, three were recipients of donations from their relatives. The two liver transplants were from deceased donors.

Minister of Public Health HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari last week visited some of the patients who received the donor organs and lauded the teams involved in the life-saving procedures.

Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programmes are unique – we have a single, unified waiting list as well as exemplary care and ongoing support for donors and their families. Many countries around the world seek to emulate our model of care.

Qatar’s national strategy for organ donation and transplantation is not only world-leading in terms of the clinical and ethical standards it applies, added the Minister, but Qatar also has the depth of clinical expertise and facilities to perform these procedures and provide safe and effective follow-up care for transplant patients.

Hamad General Hospital Medical Director who also serves as Director of Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation (QCOT) Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani said that since the start of their transplant programme in 1986, they have worked tirelessly and strengthened the exceptional care they provide patients.

We have in place a multi-disciplinary team with some leading international experts that enabled us to deliver the highest levels of care to our patients who need these procedures.

HMC Chief Medical Officer Dr Abdulla Al Ansari said the organ transplant programme offers an excellent standard of care and positive outcomes.

The increase of our transplant activities came as a result of the tremendous increase of living and deceased donation, and the growing trust of the community in the safety and world-class outcomes of our transplant surgeries.

Dr Al Ansari added that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, they created a special track for these essential surgeries to ensure that the pandemic does not disrupt the opportunity for this group.

HMC Senior Consultant and transplant surgeon Professor Jonas Wadstrom said that over the past five years, the kidney transplant programme at HMC has developed and made significant improvements. He said that there has been a large increase in the number of transplants performed each year, with kidneys both from live and deceased donors. Parallel to that increase in numbers, the quality and the expertise has developed and improved significantly.

In a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach, patients with complex medical situations such as blood group incompatibility, and in cooperation with Sidra, paediatric patients are being transplanted.

Professor Wadstrom said that throughout this development and while performing more complex and advanced treatments, the results have been excellent and comparable to other world-class centres.

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