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UAE’s first organ transplant centre for kids to open in Dubai

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Al Jalila Children’s Organ Transplant Centre will be rolling out a kidney transplant programme in the first phase of its operations.

Dubai’s Al Jalila children’s hospital on Tuesday launched the country’s first organ transplant centre that is exclusively for kids.

The launch comes as Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital marks its fourth anniversary.

In line with national efforts to advance organ transplantation programmes, the centre will provide transplant services for children with kidney, liver, heart and bone marrow diseases.

During its first phase, it will roll out the kidney transplant programme, while the other specialties will be introduced subsequently.

Dr Abdulla Al Khayat, CEO of Al Jalila Children’s, said: “Since the passing of the UAE federal law allowing transplantation of human organs and tissues in 2016, healthcare players have worked towards giving UAE citizens and residents access to high-quality transplant services.

“Today, with the launch of this first-of-its-kind comprehensive paediatric transplant centre, we are building on these efforts by developing an institution that will become an integral part of the country’s healthcare ecosystem.”

As it provides a full spectrum of care, Al Jalila Children’s Organ Transplant Centre will be utilising state-of-the-art technologies, such as imaging procedures to minimise radiation exposure. It will also offer genetic evaluation of patients to better understand their conditions.

Four transplant procedures to date

Al Jalila Children’s has been a key player in pushing paediatric organ transplantation in Dubai.

The hospital, in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), carried out the first paediatric kidney transplant in the emirate, giving a nine-year-old girl who was born with just one kidney a new lease of life. Till date, the hospital has carried a total of four transplantations.

Dr Mohammed Al Awadhi, COO of Al Jalila Children’s, said: “The centre, a collaboration with MBRU and Mediclinic Middle East, will bring innovative care to patients with organ failure, including diagnostic testing, organ regeneration, pharmaco-engineering to help advance the portfolio of organ transplant programs in the UAE. Our multidisciplinary team of experts led by Dr Waldo Concepcion, who joined us from Stanford University Hospital, understand the unique needs of young patients. Their combined expertise makes us equipped to offer quality care for children suffering from organ failures, providing them with a new lease of life.”

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