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.”


Saudi crown prince reassured of Palestinian president’s health

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the Palestinian leader. (SPA)
Updated 23 May 2018
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Saudi crown prince reassured of Palestinian president’s health

  • Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week

JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reassured of the health of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after calling the leader, the Saudi Press Agency reported early on Wednesday.
Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week.
A Palestinian official in Ramallah said Abbas went back into hospital again later on Sunday because his temperature was high “so doctors advised that he go back into hospital.”
Prince Mohammed attended the Saudi Cabinet session late on Tuesday in which King Salman briefed the government on the contents of his call with the Palestinian leader.