Emirati boy gets new lease of life

SKMC completes 100 kidney transplants; equipped to conduct transplants on daily basis

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 18 Feb 2014, 12:48 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:56 PM

After receiving a kidney from his father, 8-year-old Emirati boy Rashid became the 100th person to receive a kidney transplant at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).

The transplants were completed between 2009 and 2013.

Rashid, who had been suffering from kidney failure since birth, is extremely happy at the successful transplant while his parents are thankful that their child got another chance at life, free of pain. “The two days I will never forget are when General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited my family home in Sharjah, and when my kidney transplant was completed successfully, he said excitedly.

Showing pictures he took on his iPad with General Shaikh Mohammed, Rashid is pleased at the prospect of leading a normal life, now that he no longer requires daily dialysis. Rashid’s mother said that doing dialysis through the abdomen was such a difficult process. “It sometimes took all night,” she said.

A subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Health Services Seha, Shaikh Khalifa Medical City celebrated Rashid’s transplant with a number of senior officials from Seha, led by Rashid Al Qubaisi, executive managing director of Seha, Dr Abdulkarim Al Obaidli, executive director for academic affairs at Seha, and the head of the National Committee for Organ Transplantation, as well as the transplant team and senior management. Dr Mohammed Badar Zaman, head of Transplant and Liver Surgery at SKMC, said that Rashid had a successful kidney transplant and has recovered at a very fast pace. Dr Zaman said that SKMC had been monitoring Rashid’s condition all these years.

“Now that he has received the necessary treatment the family can anticipate the healthy recovery of their son and father.”

Al Qubaisi said: “After the operation, we saw an enthusiasm on the kid’s face. His parents and relatives never stopped to offer him continuous support and high care.”

Dr Al Obaidli said: “The centre is equipped to conduct kidney transplants on a daily basis; however, the issue of access to donors inhibits their ability to perform the procedures.

“All kidney transplants that have been completed so far have been due to donations from parents and relatives, so work is underway to pass a law regulating organ donation for deceased people, which will increase the number of kidney transplants, and thus healing large numbers of patients,” he added.

The law on organ transplant will also include the possibility of transplants for several other organs such as liver, pancreas and heart, he said.


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