Historic Liver Transplant Surgery Marks Dubai’S Medical Milestone

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has proudly announced the success of the first liver transplant surgery in Dubai. The groundbreaking four-hour procedure was performed on a 38-year-old woman by a team of medical professionals at King’s College Hospital London in Dubai. Dr. Parthi Srinivasan, Chief Transplant Surgeon and Clinical Lead at King’s College Hospital London, led the surgery, with support from his team and Dr. Rakesh Rai, a local liver transplant surgeon. The patient, diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, was discharged in excellent health just ten days after the surgery. This accomplishment solidifies Dubai’s position as a leading global healthcare destination and highlights the city’s commitment to delivering intricate medical interventions.

Alongside this milestone, the DHA highlighted the rise in organ donation rates in Dubai, revealing a remarkable surge of 117.7% in 2023 compared to the previous year. The number of donors also increased substantially, reaching 37 cases in 2023 compared to 17 cases in 2022. Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the Health Regulation Sector at DHA, reiterated the authority’s dedication to championing organ and tissue donation through the National Programme for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation ‘Hayat.’ Dr. Al Mulla emphasized the effort to uphold immaculate safety standards, quality of care, and innovation in healthcare.

Additionally, Dr. Ali Al Obaidli, Chairman of the UAE National Transplant Committee, discussed the significance of the ‘Hayat’ program and its contributions to promoting organ and tissue donation. The program, spearheaded by various federal and local institutions, offers transplantation opportunities to individuals facing organ failure, irrespective of their nationality. The liver transplant procedure’s success not only provides hope and relief to the patient and her family but also solidifies Dubai’s growing reputation as a global healthcare hub, capable of delivering advanced, life-saving medical procedures.


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