Health authority chairman hails 'historic accomplishment' at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, have successfully conducted the UAE's first full heart transplant.
The surgery was performed by Dr Rakesh Suri, acting CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr Johannes Bonatti, chief of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr Stefan Sanger, clinical associate, and Dr Jehad Al Ramahi, clinical associate.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Health Authority, said in comments published by state news agency WAM: "What we have accomplished today is a historic accomplishment that adds to the long list of UAE achievements. It is a clear indication of the qualitative shift in Abu Dhabi’s healthcare under our wise leadership, who have invested the time and effort to provide the country’s population with such distinguished services.
"The passing of the law regulating the transfer and transplantation of organs earlier this year has made a significant impact on enabling such sophisticated operations in the country. In the past, patients had to travel abroad for treatment, but now treatment is more readily available," he added.
Dr Rakesh Suri, acting CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: "It is a significant achievement for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and our transplant team, who have accomplished a historic medical milestone in the UAE. This operation underlines the incredible social impact that our transplant services are having, thanks to one donor, we have transformed the lives of multiple patients and their families."
The operation received strong support from the UAE National Organ Transplant Committee, who was heavily involved in the preparations for the transplant, WAM added.