First liver transplant in Jeddah successful

First liver transplant in Jeddah successful
VICTORY: The team of doctors with the Yemeni patient after the successful liver transplant surgery at the Saudi German Hospital in Jeddah.
Updated 12 August 2016

First liver transplant in Jeddah successful

First liver transplant in Jeddah successful

JEDDAH: A highly specialized medical and surgical team of 25 doctors from various specialties successfully performed the first liver transplant surgery at the Saudi German Hospital here recently.
Dr. Khalid Batterjee, vice president of the hospital, said the surgery was conducted after receiving approval from the Saudi Council for Organ transplantation, and under their supervision, with full success as the donor and recipient are both healthy and fine.
Dr. Amro Abdela’al, a liver transplant specialist at the hospital, said this is the first time such a complicated surgery has been performed at the hospital in Jeddah and is proof of the medical progress in the Kingdom.
The liver transplant surgery was performed on a 32-year-old Yemeni patient who was suffering from liver, abdominal and body pain for the past several years.
Abdela’al said the patient’s 30-year-old younger brother donated part of the right lobe of his liver to save his brother’s life. The surgery was carried out with the help of extensively experienced doctors who successfully attached part of the healthy liver with arteries, veins and bile duct in the patient.
He said the 10-hour surgery was a major success in this regard. The patient was in intensive care for four days, but has now been transferred to the normal ward.
In living-donor liver transplants, surgeons remove a portion of the donor’s liver. Another surgical team then removes the recipient’s entire diseased liver and replaces it with a portion of the living donor’s healthy liver. The livers of the donor and the recipient grow to their full size within a few weeks.
The Yemeni patient who wanted to remain anonymous after the successful surgery, thanked the Kingdom and the kind leadership for all humanitarian and medical support they are providing to Yemeni nationals and others.