303 lives saved since 2017 thanks to UAE organ donors

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UAE organ donors saved 303 lives since 2017

The UAE’s National Programme for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues has so far saved the lives of 303 individuals in need of various organ transplants throughout the country and the region.

Registered donors can donate crucial organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas to save others after they die under the program, which began in 2017. Since the program’s inception, 80 people have donated organs, including 39 in 2021 and 11 since the beginning of 2022.

12 hearts, 138 kidneys, 6 lungs, 58 livers, and 7 pancreases have been donated in the last three years. As part of organ exchange programs, the organs were also delivered to other neighboring nations such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Pakistan.

Dr. Ali Al Obaidli, Chairman of the National Committee for Organ Donation and Transplantation, stressed the importance of organ donation and encouraged people to register in the life-saving program through the Ministry of Health and Prevention app ‘Hayat’ (which means life in Arabic) on Tuesday at a conference titled ‘Applying Best Practices & the Hospital Rating System for Organ Donation’ in Abu Dhabi.

“Organ donation is a humanitarian act that saves lives. I urge members of the UAE community, citizens and residents, to register through the Hayat app to donate organs and tissues after death in support of the National Programme for Donation.”

People of all ages should consider themselves possible donors, according to the literature on the Cleveland Clinic website. “When a person dies, they are evaluated for donor suitability based on their medical history and age,” it noted. KMB/Expat Media


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