First pediatric kidney transplant from a living donor performed in Dubai


Pritvik Sinhadc, 16, right, underwent kidney transplant in Dubai
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Dubai: A team of doctors from Al Jalila Children’s Specialized Hospital (Al Jalila Children’s), Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Mediclinic Middle East successfully completed the first Pediatric kidney transplant from living donor in UAE to 16 year old boy with end stage kidney. The surgery was funded by the Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical research, education and treatment in the UAE.

In a special letter sent to the patient, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai told Pritvik Sinhadc that the United Arab Emirates was his home and that he would receive the best possible care. In the letter, His Highness said: “To my dear Pritvik, this is a small gesture from me to remind you that you are home here and that you are in good hands, and I will pray to God to keep you in good health. health and safety… keep smiling little warrior.

In June 2020, Pritvik arrived at Al Jalila Children’s Nephrology Clinic with complete kidney failure. Being born with small, partially functioning kidneys, Pritvik had reached end-stage kidney disease and needed immediate kidney replacement therapy, his doctors said.

Pritvik’s father, Bhaskar Sinhadc, was identified as a successful match after which he was placed through a full donor assessment process. The transplant was successfully performed by Dr Ramzi Ayache, nephrologist at Mediclinic City hospital, in collaboration with Dr Farhad Janahi, consultant urologist and transplant surgeon at Mediclinic City hospital and assistant professor of surgery at MBRU and the Dr Waldo Concepcion, Head of Al Jalila Children’s Organ Transplant Center. The operation, which saved Pritvik’s life, is also expected to improve his quality of life in the years to come.

DHA chief visits boy

Before having his operation, Humaid Al Qutami, Managing Director of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), visited Pritvik to inquire about his condition and reiterated DHA’s steadfast support for the family’s well-being.

Al Qutami said the exceptional transformation seen in the healthcare sector in Dubai reaffirms the emirate’s global position as a preferred destination for people seeking a distinctive medical experience in a safe and healthy climate.

He highlighted the success of government and private healthcare facilities in Dubai in providing the highest levels of patient care while performing various types of operations, including rare and complicated surgeries, thanks to their state-of-the-art facilities. and their trained health professionals.

“The success of the Pritvik operation marks an important milestone in the conduct of such precise operations. It also supports the development efforts underway in Dubai, ”said Al Qutami. The CEO of DHA congratulated the medical team that carried out the operation, including all the teams that contributed to its success.

Dr Raja Al Gurg, vice chairman of the board, MBRU, said the University is honored to be part of the historic proceedings in the UAE. “Our mission at MBRU is to advance health in the UAE and beyond, and this landmark procedure is proof that we are on the right track. Our core values ​​of connectivity, giving and excellence have been manifested through our connectivity with long-standing partners, our commitment to medical excellence and giving back to communities. she said.

“We are proud of the achievements of MBRU’s organ transplant program to date and its role in bringing partners together to create better patient outcomes. Most importantly, we are honored to have played a role in enabling this impressive young man Pritvik to live his life and move forward while enjoying quality time with his family and realizing his full potential.

Latest medical procedures

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “Through our A’awen program, we are helping parents give their children the opportunity to undergo the latest medical procedures at world-class medical facilities. , offering them renewed hope for their child. to come up. The program helps ease the financial burden on families so that they can focus on their child’s treatment plan and recovery. Our top priority at the Al Jalila Foundation is transforming lives through medical innovation, and without investments in research, advancements in life-changing healthcare are not possible. We are grateful to our partners and generous donors for working with us to give children like Pritvik a chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Pritvik is a bright young boy with a busy life ahead of him. We wish Pritvik a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing what the future holds personally and academically.

Dr Abdulla Al Khayat, CEO of Al Jalila Specialized Children’s Hospital, said: “We are proud of this joint achievement which has given Pritvik new life. This pioneering surgery brings us one step closer to realizing our government’s vision to increase access to quality transplant services and place the UAE at the forefront of organ transplantation regionally and globally. Our team of dedicated experts in the new Al Jalila Children’s Organ Transplant works day and night to provide children with acute and chronic renal failure with quality care in a child-friendly environment, helping to improve lives children in the UAE and beyond. “

Matthew Dronsfield, Director of Mediclinic City Hospital, said: “At Mediclinic Middle East, we are proud to be involved in the first successful pediatric living donor kidney transplant. This marks another important milestone for the development of transplant services in Dubai, which is the result of the close collaboration of our multidisciplinary transplant teams at MBRU, Al Jalila Children’s and Mediclinic Middle East. Pritvik’s father, Bhaskar Sinha, underwent surgery at Mediclinic City Hospital on the day of the transplant and will continue to be closely monitored by the transplant team.

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates for organ donation

A talented young boy, Pritvik was accepted as an official researcher affiliated with BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science for research in astrophysics. He is a co-author published on NASA’s Primer on Astrobiology and graduated from World Science Scholar in June 2020. However, his medical condition weighed heavily on his research and schoolwork, requiring urgent kidney transplantation. .

Pritvik, who has been appointed Ambassador for Organ Donation to the United Arab Emirates, said: “I am committed to working to raise awareness of the critical need for organ donation to save the lives of patients like me who otherwise cannot. wouldn’t do it without a transplant. I was lucky to have my father as a donor. However, there are many who need transplants to survive and I will be working closely with MBRU and the Al Jalila Foundation to ensure increased awareness of organ donation.

In December 2020, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that the government had approved an organ transplant program to further consolidate Dubai’s leadership in this area. and raising the bar for healthcare excellence. The program will contribute to efforts to transform Dubai into a global health tourism destination and a center for medical research. The case of Pritvik, among many others, reflects the progress made by key entities in their collaboration to transform Dubai into a global healthcare destination.


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