The debate surrounding organ transplants resumed in Algeria after local surgeons successfully completed the first organ transplant surgery at the Ibn Badis hospital in Constantine, east of Algiers, from a deceased donor in his fifties.
Algerian Health Minister Mohamed Merawi considered this a “great achievement” in record time through three successful transplants to three patients who were on the organ waiting list. The 18-hour organ removal was conducted by a multidisciplinary Algerian medical team comprising specialists in surgery, neurology, forensic medicine and medical imaging.
The multi-organ (kidney and liver) procedure follows four years of perseverance and comes after 28 attempts at this breakthrough.
For two consecutive days, The Kuwaiti Transplant Society, in association with the Press & Information Bureau of the Ministry of Health, organized an organ donation drive at The Avenues Mall. The drive attracted a large number of the facilities visitors, both citizens and expatriates.
Many expressed their interest in the activities of the association and inquired about the donation procedures both in Kuwait and abroad, where several signed on and became organ donors after completing the necessary paperwork and forms that were available at the event’s booth
In association with the the Al Raya Nominees Roster for Kuwait University Student Union Elections (Britain & NI Chapter), the Kuwait Transplant Society organized a Organ Donation day for the members of the roster and their supporters at the kts premises, under the banner “Raya for Life” initiative.
Al Raya Nominees Roster displayed a great deal of interest during the events of the day, where they listened to an explanation about the organ transplant program, and many of them registered onto the organ donation lists in case of their demise.
The Kuwait Transplant Society participated in the fourth Jahra Medical Zone Conference on Pediatrics, where many attendees visited the Society’s booth and listened to a detailed explanation about the humanitarian activities the association and the different organ transplant programs, leading to a large number of them registering to become donors themselves
The Kuwait Transplant Society held a ceremony honoring organ transplant donors, under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Health of the State of Kuwait, in the presence of Kuwait MP/ Ahmad Nabil Al-Fadl, members of the Association, donors and families of deceased donors and a large number of doctors, nurses and those with a vested interest in the activities of the society.
Dr. Mustafa Al Moussawi – Chairman of the Society and Director of Organ Transplant Program at the Kuwait Ministry of Health said during his address at the event “Honoring donors is important because it is known that if there are no donors, there will be no organ transplants – which are usually based on donors who are either relatives or face their demise. Living donors provide kidneys and portions of the liver in low risk medical
operations. However, donors who pass away can provide organs for up to eight other patients where two kidneys, a liver, a heart and a pancreas can be donated.
He pointed out that the number of holders of donation cards has reached more than 13 thousand, which he considered still a few, expressing hope that the society could multiply this number to reach hundreds of thousands.
Dr. Rana Al Abdelrazzaq- Vice Chairman of the Kuwait Organ Transplant Society explained “the problem we have here in Kuwait is that although we have skilled doctors and the latest technology to perform operations, we lack donors; thus long queues for kidney, liver, heart and other vital organ transplants are the only hope for desperate patients.”
Many donors gave speeches about how their lives changed for the better after the donation, as well as the parents of the donors who faced their demise, expressing how grateful and tender they have become, and one of the donors said that his life changed completely to the best in all directions after his donation.
The Kuwait Transplant Society organized a lecture on renal failure and organ donation, where Dr. Mustafa Al Moussawi, the Chairman of the Society, addressed the Girls Modern Arab Academy Middle School students.
Al-Moussawi reviewed the association’s activities, how to donate organs and procedures for that to happen, citing the importance of organ donation in saving the lives of the many patients whose treatment may depend on the transfer of an organ instead of the malfunctioning one.
He highlighted the Society’s contribution to the field of organ transplants from healthy donors who pass away, including kidney and liver transfers, explaining that progress in the medical field makes organ transplants achievable, effortless and safer than they were previously.
Students in attendance responded positively to the address exchanging questions with the Chairman.