King Faisal Specialist Hospital’s cardiac center among world’s top 10% in transplant surgeries

Updated 10 February 2018
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King Faisal Specialist Hospital’s cardiac center among world’s top 10% in transplant surgeries

RIYADH: The cardiac center at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) in the Saudi capital has entered the top 10 percent of the world’s heart centers in the number of annual transplants.
The list is based on statistics of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).
Dr. Jehad Al-Buraiki, consultant and head of the KFSHRC’s cardiology center, said that the center was able to transplant 35 hearts in 2017, including seven to children under the age of 14.
He said that the success rate was 87 percent, which is comparable to the averages of 250 heart centers in the US.
Al-Buraiki said that last year the hospital witnessed the cultivation of seven hearts for children whose health varied between myocardial infarction, weaknesses resulting from the repair of congenital heart defects and cases that could not wait for the availability of a donor and required artificial heart pumps.
He added that the heart transplant program in Al-Takhasami has a follow-up team that conducts internationally approved periodic tests for the implantation of artificial heart pumps.
He said that “heart transplants in the hospital amounted to 302 since the start of the program in 1989 until the end of 2017.”


Heavy rain effects provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

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Heavy rain effects provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

JEDDAH: Weather warnings remained in place for much of the Kingdom after heavy rainfall affected provinces across Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) issued an advanced warning of medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms spanning from the northern border of the Kingdom down to the Eastern Province, and also including the Riyadh Region.
Saudis posted videos and photos of the scenery in Al-Bajadiya, Riyadh Region.
Meanwhile, other cities were expected to continue having thunderstorms, including Al-Madinah in the Hijaz region, and Al-Jouf in the North.
Earlier Thursday, Jeddah residents shared videos of rain flooding a main street in Old Makkah Road.
The Gulf and the Middle East have been affected by the storms that have passed through. Kuwait International Airport has suspended and redirected all flights. Ministries, universities, public and private schools remained shut in Kuwait.
Flash floods in Jordan forced nearly 4000 tourists out of the ancient city of Petra, killing at least 11 people.