UAE surgeons perform first cadaver heart transplant in Abu Dhabi

UAE surgeons saved three lives by performing the country’s first ever cadaver transplant

In a major achievement, surgeons saved three lives by performing the country’s first ever cadaver heart and kidney transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, doctors told Gulf News on Thursday.

This marks the first ever multi organ cadaver transplant since the passing of the cadaver donor legislation.

A multidisciplinary transplant team conducted the surgeries on December 5.

The heart transplant

The full heart transplant surgery was performed by a four-member surgical team, including Dr. Rakesh Suri, acting CEO of the clinic; Dr. Johannes Bonatti, chief of the Heart & Vascular Institute; Dr. Stefan Sanger, Clinical Associate; and Dr. Jehad Al Ramahi, Clinical Associate – all of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

The heart recipient, a 38-year-old Emirati man, was suffering from end-stage heart failure and was managed by the Heart Failure and Transplant Programme for almost six months. He was placed on Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s transplant waiting list shortly after the UAE government’s decree earlier this year that allows deceased donor transplants.

The patient is currently recovering at the hospital.


The kidney transplant

On the same night, Dr. Bashir Sankari, the chief of Surgical Subspecialties Institute at the clinic, performed a kidney transplant from the same donor, providing vital surgery for another patient on the hospital’s transplant list.

Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, chairman of the clinic, Mubadala Deputy Group CEO, and Chief Executive Officer, Alternative Investments and Infrastructure, said: “We established Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to provide the people of the UAE with the highest standards of care; to stimulate medical innovation; and to invest in the development of Emirati healthcare professionals.


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