Patients Need Not Travel Abroad for Cornea Transplants

ABU DHABI — A surgical procedure whereby a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by a donated corneal tissue has become a routinely performed surgery at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).

By Asma Hamid

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Published: Mon 19 Jan 2009, 1:50 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:38 AM

The medical city observed Cornea Day recently to commemorate the successful transplantationof 55 corneas since the procedure started in the facility in June 2007.

In February 2008, SKMC obtained the support of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) to officially commence a multi-organ transplantation programme that would cover all major transplant services such as kidney, liver, pancreas and cornea. Dr Abrar Khan has led this programme at SKMC since then.

Dr Saleh Saif Al Mosabi, corneal transplant surgeon, said in the old days, most of the local patients who needed a corneal transplant used to travel abroad to international centres.

“This was very inconvenientfor the local patients as they had to spend at least two to three months away from home to have their surgery abroad,” he said. “We get the cornea from an eye bank in the US, which is taken from the donor within 12 hours of his or her death,” Mosabi said.

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