Saudi family donates kidney to Abu Dhabi woman

Updated 02 May 2013
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Saudi family donates kidney to Abu Dhabi woman

A 23-year-old Abu Dhabi patient has received a kidney from the family of a young Saudi man who died in a car accident.
The kidney transplant was successfully completed by doctors at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) here recently. The patient, Latifa Sai’ed, has been suffering from kidney failure for 16 years.
According to the UAE state news agency, the organ is functioning normally and she is no longer on dialysis.
Dr. Ali Abdulkareem Al-Obaidli, chief clinical officer, said: “She suffered from a rare syndrome that resulted in kidney failure at the age of 7. Ever since, she had been on dialysis and endured multiple problems and issues common to long-term dialysis patients such as blood clots, inflammation and painful procedures such as catheterization."
"Then word was received that a young man lost his life in a traffic accident in Riyadh. His family immediately decided to donate his organs to help save the lives of those needing organ transplants."
The UAE is a signatory to the Organ Transplantation Agreement between (GCC) countries. The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation announced that the organs were available. Tests showed that Latifa was a near perfect tissue match and arrangements were made to harvest the organ and rush it to the UAE by plane.
Al-Obaidli thanked the Saudi and UAE health authorities for making the transplant possible. He also praised the Saudi man's family for their "generous" gesture.


Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 May 2018
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Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The renovation of historic sites across Saudi Arabia has breathed life back to several mosques this Ramadan, as worshippers are now able to hold prayers on their premises.
Pictures from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) showed Muslims performing Taraweeh prayers Saturday night at some of these historic mosques, including the Me’mar mosque in Jeddah, a recently renovated mosque inaugurated last Tuesday by Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
The renovation projects aim to rehabilitate historic mosques as part of its partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. As part of the project, 25 historic mosques have been renovated so far across the Kingdom.
The projects were launched in historic areas, such as Jeddah, Madinah, central Riyadh, and Dariyah.
Prince Sultan announced that King Salman has donated the renovation costs of Al-Hanafi mosque in the historic city of Jeddah, where the late King Abdul Aziz had once prayed.