News2019-07-30

7 Year Old Kidney Patient Can Finally Join School like His Friends

• Al Jalila Children’s and MBRU team successfully conducts the 3rd kidney transplantin Dubai with the support of Al Jalila Foundation
Dubai, 29 July 2019:Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, the first and only hospital for children in the UAE, announced that it has successfully preformed its third successful kidney transplantin Dubai for a 7-year-old child. The successful surgery was conducted in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and supported by Al Jalila Foundation. Adam, from India, was diagnosed with renal dysplasia just few months after he was born which led to atrophy in both kidneys andsevere deficiency in renal functions, thus delayed development and physical development.

Adam was undergoing dialysis for five years at his home in Ras Al Khaimah, before his condition developed and he neededHemodialysis. At this point, his family decided to take him to Al Jalila Children’s to undergo this more complex dialysis procedure. In Hemodialysis children undergo up to 5 hours of treatment, 3 to 4 times a week, dramatically impacting the child and his family’s lifestyle and activities.

At that point, Adam was put on the waiting list for kidney transplant recipients and he waited for 2 agonizing years before his family received the call. His first reaction was to ask: “Does that mean that I can go to school now?”.

Dr. Abdulla Al Khayat, CEO of Al Jalila Children’s Hospital said: “With God’s grace, we have successfully completed our third kidney transplant, and we are extremely happy that Adam is well and recovering. AlJalila Children’s continues to establish itself as a pioneering medical hub in pediatrics, especially through the treatment of many complex and rare medical conditions that require doctors with specific specializations.
“This would not have happened without our partners, the Mohammed bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences, in addition to the great support by Al Jalila Foundation.” Dr. Al Khayat concluded.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Awadhi, Chief Operating Officer of AlJalila Children’s, said the operation lasted about four hours. It was carried out by a joint medical team from MBRU, which includes more than 15 physiciansfrom various specialties. “We are very pleased with the success of the third consecutive kidney transplant. This adds a lot of merit to Dubai and the UAE’s position as a regional hub for medical excellence.” Dr. Al-Awadhi added: “Adam’s smile and his family’s joy is what makes us proud of our medical team and our partners who contributed to this achievement.”

“Al Jalila Foundation is dedicated to investing in medical research as it is only through advances in medicine that patient’s like Adam can receive life-saving medical procedures and live a healthy happy life. We consider it a privilege to be in a position to sponsor pioneering treatment and alleviate some of the financial burden so that patients can focus on regaining their health.” commented a spokesperson from Al Jalila Foundation.

Al Jalila Children’s, the first and only paediatric hospital in the UAE, caters for children and adolescents up to the age of 18. Inaugurated on November 1, 2016, Al Jalila Children’s is an ultramodern hospital with world-class teams of highly qualified healthcare experts that employs SMART technology designed to enhance patient care and outcomes. The hospital also aims to foster clinical innovations, astute learning and development programmes, and hosts cutting-edge research facilities. It is a 200-bed facility in a child and family friendly environment. Find out more atwww.aljalilachildrens.ae.

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