- The Matched Kidney Donation Program matches living kidney donors, shortening donor waiting lists and ensuring better outcomes
- The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, one of the UAE’s leading centers for multiple organ transplantation, pioneered this unique procedure
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Mubadala Health’s partner, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, was instrumental in groundbreaking triple “kidney exchange” transplants in the UAE, in which three patients received under Abu Dhabi’s Matched Kidney Donation Program life-saving organs. The program works with leading hospitals, such as the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, to match transplant recipients with compatible living donors.
The Cleveland Clinic’s Abu Dhabi Transplant Center has performed 379 transplants since it opened in 2017, the majority of which were kidney transplants. The successful collaboration with another local hospital to complete three simultaneous transplants as part of a paired kidney donation program further strengthens the UAE’s vision and establishes the country as the first choice for patients in the region seeking compatible donors and fighting kidney opportunities Preferred health care destinations fail.
Dr. Bashir Sankari, Chairman of the Institute of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic’s Specialty Institute of Surgery in Abu Dhabi, explained how the matching donor and exchange process works under the Paired Kidney Donation Program, “When a patient needs a transplant, a potential donor may agree to donate them organ, but sometimes tests show that the kidney is not a medical match. For example, a brother may want to donate one of his kidneys to his sick sister, but it is found to be incompatible due to factors such as blood type or genetic differences, or due to the presence of antibodies Also, a husband may want to donate a kidney for his wife but is unable to do so due to similar circumstances.
“In this case, the solution might be to test whether these unrelated individuals are a match. By doing so, each pair can receive a compatible kidney and undergo a successful transplant. The collaboration between unrelated individuals in this landmark procedure saved three lives,” continued Dr. Sankari.
The main driver of this pioneering medical procedure is Abu Dhabi’s Paired Kidney Donation Programme, which operates under the National Human Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Program – ‘Hayat’ and is supported by healthcare authorities and organizations such as Ministry of Health for Health and Prevention (MoHAP), Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is currently exploring the expansion of the program to Cleveland Clinic in the United States, which will unlock additional opportunities to provide life-saving solutions for kidney disease patients and increase the number of organs available for the benefit of UAE citizens and residents.
“It is vital that people understand the importance of organ donation and choose to be a donor, whether the organ saves the life of a family member, friend, or an unrelated individual. Many patients stay on the transplant waiting list for too long and this putting their lives at risk. Projects such as paired kidney donations highlight the collaborative efforts of partnerships within the UAE healthcare ecosystem, which ensures that every patient receives world-class care at the right time,” concluded Dr Sankari .
To learn more about the Matched Kidney Donation Program and how to register, please contact the Kidney Transplant Program Team at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi: https://www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae/en/institutes-and-specialties/transplant-center/ Pages/Kidney Transplant Procedures.aspx.
About the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is part of Mubadala Health, a multi-specialty hospital located on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a unique and unrivaled extension of the US-based Cleveland Clinic model of care, specifically designed to meet a range of complex and critical care needs unique to the Abu Dhabi population.
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has the following institutes and departments: Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic, Neurology, Digestive Diseases, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary, Intensive Care, Oncology, Transplantation, Surgical Specialties, Medical Specialties, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Imaging, Quality and Patient Safety, Clinical and Nursing, Research and Education departments. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has more than 50 medical and surgical specialties.
The campus also houses the Fatima bint Mubarak Centre, a separate dedicated cancer centre. State-of-the-art facility offers patients diagnostic and treatment options through world-class facilities across 24 clinical departments, including a range of cancer specialties and programs: blood cancers, breast cancer, endocrine cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, gynecological cancers , head and neck cancer, nervous system cancer, breast cancer, ophthalmic cancer and soft tissue cancer, etc.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers patients in the region direct access to the world’s best healthcare providers and Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of care, including state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service standards, closer to home.
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