Doctors with patient and his wife at Hamad Medical Corporation
Surgeons from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) last month conducted Qatar’s second liver transplant.
The transplanted liver was donated by a Filipino expatriate to a 59-year-old Pakistani patient who had suffered hepatocirrhosis for more than 10 years. The surgery team included three liver and pancreas transplant consultant surgeons, Dr. Hatem Khalaf, Dr. Mohamed Shoudry and Dr. Henrique Yaktsen, in addition to liver transplant specialist, Dr. Ahmed Khalil and consultant anesthesiologist Mohamad Nagy al-Masri.
Dr. Yousef Al Muslamani, Chairman of HMC Organ Transplant Committee said: “The second successful procedure was real evidence our organ transplantation program, which started in 1986, was making a real difference to lives of people in Qatar.
Dr. Hatem Khalaf said: “The new liver recipient, Mr. Raja Khan was been suffering from severe hepatocirrhosis for more than 10 years and had been receiving treatment at his homeland until he came to Qatar in 2009. When he arrived in Qatar his care was taken over by Dr. Mohamed Shoudry at Outpatient Department clinics of Hamad General Hospital. Dr. Shoudry assessed his case and convinced him that the transplant is feasible.”
“Currently we have 13 patients who are critically in need of liver transplant. We have a successful liver transplant program which currently witnesses considerable progress while we are looking at the performance of more surgeries.”
Mr. Khan expressed deep gratitude for HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani the Emir of the State of Qatar in appreciation for the extraordinary care he received at HMC.
“I’ve toured many countries over the world but I’ve never experienced such impressive hospitality and care as I have in Qatar and at HMC,” said Mr. Khan, who works with the Pakistani Embassy in Qatar. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the outstanding standard of the healthcare services provided by HMC. I would like, also, to voice my thanks to the State of Qatar for offering expensive surgery and follow up world-class medical treatment, free of cost, for all the people living on the soil of Qatar, regardless of their nationality.”