Third spousal kidney transplant in Qatar

September 3, 2013 1:31 pm

Third spousal kidney transplant in Qatar

Doha 03rd September 2013: A group of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) surgeons have performed the third successful spousal kidney transplant in the country with a 42-year-old Nepali Dilip Kumar get transplanted his kidney.


Dilip Kumar has been on dialysis since last year when he taken to the Hamad General Hospital (HGH)’s emergency department due to kidney failure. Maya, his wife was the donor.

Transplants will be more secure for both donor and recipient if the donation is from spouses or other family members, according to Hamad General Hospital senior consultant transplant nephrologist Dr Omar Fituri, who was present at the transplant.


He asked patients who are on the waiting list to avoid going abroad for a commercial transplant, saying not only is the donor unknown but the centre of transplant also needs to be of the highest standards.


“One of the most important factors during an organ transplant surgery is the patient’s ability to co-operate mentally, physically and emotionally with the transplant team. Dilip was a good patient and attended all his appointments and tests on time. Both Maya and Dilip were very co-operative with the team which helped make this surgery a success,” said Omar Fituri.


Donation between spouses was known as an emotionally related donation and was different from blood-related donation, according to Dr Riadh Fadhil, Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba) director.

He said although tissue match is partial, the advancement of medicine and facilities has enabled to do safe transplants in such cases. He also pointed out that all spouses who have undergone transplant surgery in Doha are in good health and back to work.


“We encourage all our patients on the waiting list for kidney transplantation to look for donors among their relatives as this is not only safe but is also faster than waiting for a deceased donation,” he added.

“We have an excellent transplant record with zero mortality rate and excellent transplant outcome in contrast to patients who get their transplant abroad and have returned with serious complications,” said Dr Fadhil.


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