A 50-year-old brain dead donor in Al Ain has helped save four lives when his vital organs were given to patients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.
The donor was admitted to Al Ain’s Tawam Hospital having suffered an acute stroke that led to his death.
But the donor was then able to help four other patients live thanks to his organs. His heart was transported to Saudi Arabia. And the donor’s liver and kidneys were donated to patients in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
“The first phase involved the extraction or removal of the organs from the body of the donor,” said Dr. Hala Abu Zaid, head of Intensive Care Unit. “We ensured that the process was in strict accordance with the medical protocol for organ transplantation. Which requires the coordination of all organ transplant centres in the UAE, and oversight of the National Committee for Organ Transplantation, which is responsible for matching potential patients with donor blood and tissue types.”
“The operation was successful, and the organs were transported by fully-equipped technical crews and a medical evacuation team, who transported the organs by plane to the patients,” Dr Abu Zaid said.
The UAE approved organ donation from deceased donors in 2017 and there are now five licensed transplant centres.
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