HMC Successfully Performs Qatar’s First Liver Transplant from a Living Donor

Doha, The organ transplant team at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad General Hospital has successfully performed Qatar’s first ever liver transplant from a living donor.

The latest transplant, which took place in November, makes a total of 17 liver transplants from living donors performed since the commencement of the transplant program at HMC. Each year, between 20 and 25 patients are added to the waiting list for organ transplantation in Qatar.

“The transplant was planned and performed by HMC’s highly qualified team of liver transplant surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and technicians. The procedure consisted of the partial resection of the donor’s liver, which took eight hours to complete, and the removal of the recipient’s liver. Implanting the donated portion of the liver in the recipient’s body who suffered from liver cirrhosis took 12 hours to complete. This successful transplant procedure also saw the participation of a team of visiting Korean organ transplant surgeons,” Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, medical director of Hamad General Hospital and head of the Organ Transplant Committee at HMC, said.

“There are future plans to increase liver transplants in Qatar from live and brain-dead donors. HMC’s Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation and the Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) are relentless in their efforts to encourage new organ donors to enroll in the donor registry, with the ultimate goal of helping patients who are currently awaiting a lifesaving transplant,” added Dr. Al Maslamani.

Dr. Hatem Khalaf, senior consultant and clinical lead of HMC’s HPB and Liver Transplant Services, who led the local transplant team, said: “There are certain criteria that both a donor and recipient should meet before a procedure can be done. The criteria for the donor include motivation to donate the organ for altruistic reasons, verification of the relation of donor to the recipient, compatibility of blood type with the recipient and being between the ages of 18 and 45 and free from chronic diseases.” “Following these criteria being verified, a series of preoperative tests are performed to determine if a donor is medically suitable for the procedure. These tests include x-rays and ultrasound imaging to assess the size of the liver, and a liver biopsy (sample of tissue taken from the body in order to examine it more closely). A psychosocial and social evaluation of the donor are also conducted by a competent committee from Hiba,” said Dr. Khalaf.

“In the case of this recent transplant, the right lobe of the donor’s liver, totaling 65 percent of the liver mass, was resected and implanted in the recipient’s body, following the removal of the cirrhosis-ridden liver. The donor recovered and was discharged from hospital one week after the procedure. The recipient remained under the care of HMC for two weeks and was then discharged,” explained Dr. Khalaf.

The organ recipient, 58, expressed gratitude to the leadership of Qatar and HMC’s team of surgeons for their compassion and the exceptional care provided to him.

Source: Qatar News Agency