74 lives saved in UAE with donated organs

74 lives saved in UAE with donated organs
74 lives saved in UAE with donated organs

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - The life-saving intitiative was conducted under the leadership of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.

Families of 20 deceased patients of eight nationalities exercised their right to donate organs, including heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys transplantations, to save 74 lives, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has announced.

The life-saving intitiative was conducted under the leadership of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi and in partnership with the National Committee for Organ Transplantation and Donation, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and organ transplant centres in the UAE (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Mediclinic and Al Jalila Hospital Dubai).

Transplantation services continue to see increased demand with the inclusion of both related and deceased donations, and with the completion of over 300 kidney transplants in children and adults. As a result, the UAE's rate of post-mortem organ donation is 3.7, exceeding the global rate of 3.5, according to health authorities.

Today, the UAE is one of the only two countries in the region that provides organ donation and transplantation, alongside Saudi Arabia. Since the UAE organ transplant law came into effect in 2016, Seha and other healthcare institutions have strived to provide the lifesaving service as well as encourage a culture of organ donation.

Dr Ali Al Obaidli, executive director of academic affairs at Seha and chairman of the National Organ Transplantation Committee said: "At Seha, we are committed to ensuring world-class practices to drive organ donation and transplants in the UAE. We have made investments to ensure that all our providers have been trained by international and regional advisors, such as the Donation and Transplantation Institute in Spain (DTI), which is a non-profit organisation that has trained more than 10,000 providers globally from over 100 countries."

"The National Donation and Organ Transplantation programme is a pioneering initiative for the UAE, and together with our partners, we will continue to ensure that patients here have access to the best transplant facilities that match global standards," continued Dr Al Obaidli.

In celebration of the UAE National Day and Year of Tolerance, Seha will be providing health-awareness activities until today at the Adnoc Park in Abu Dhabi to educate the community on preventative diseases, organ failure and the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. Visitors also have the opportunity to hear from Simon Keith, the first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant. "Organ donation has saved my life. I am committed to supporting organ donation efforts worldwide to further inspire this act of kindness and generosity," said 53-year-old Simon Keith.

Keith's son, Sean, a 23-year-old professional footballer, said: "Exercise and a healthy lifestyle are key to preventing organ failure. I am very grateful to the donor who saved my father's life and encourage others to consider organ donation as a way of giving back."

As part of this initiative, visitors to Adnoc Park will avail a free package of health services, including a medical exam, dental exam, flu vaccine and the opportunity to sign up to the organ donation program.

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