By Sam Bridge
Dubai Health Authority says successful kidney transplant is 'first step' towards implementing its organ transplant strategy
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Tuesday announced that the first organ transplant surgery has been carried out at one of its hospitals.
The surgery was performed on a 27-year-old Emirati patient, Khalid Waleed Al Marzouq, who was suffering from kidney failure due to an autoimmune disease and was visiting the hospital three times a week for dialysis since 2016.
Kidney failure disease occurs when kidneys lose around 90 percent of their ability to filter and remove waste, minerals and fluid from the blood by producing urine.
The young Emirati patient received the organ transplant at DHA’s Dubai Hospital after his 24-year-old sister, Aysha, donated her kidney to save his life.
The surgery, which took six-hours, was performed on February 10 by a medical team comprising of 25 doctors, specialists and nurses from Dubai Hospital.
The DHA said the procedure was a success, as the kidney started functioning normally in the first 24 hours and that both patients were discharged shortly and went back to their normal lives.
Humaid Al Qutami, director general of the DHA, said the success of the first kidney transplant "is the first step towards implementing its organ transplant strategy and towards establishing a distinguished organ transplant centre".
Currently 300 patients receive dialysis from Dubai and the Northern Emirates at Dubai Hospital.
Al Qutami added that the authority is planning to conduct more organ transplant surgeries, with a liver transplant being planned.
The sister of the patient, Aysha, thanked the DHA surgeons who performed the procedure saying: “My main concern when I woke up from surgery was that my brother feels better and I am happy now that he has a functioning kidney.”
The patient, Khalid, added: “My health situation was really deteriorating, I used to get tired quickly and I couldn’t walk much. I am really thankful for my sister because my mental and physical health is much better than before.”