The programme is a blessing for patients and their families who now do not have to travel abroad for liver transplant operations.
The programme is contributing to the advancement of specialised healthcare in Oman, especially in the field of liver diseases, as the sultanate is witnessing a rise in the number of patients with liver failure due to unhealthy lifestyle and food patterns.
Rawiya al Alawiya (second liver donor) in a statement, said, “My willingness to donate a portion of the liver to my sister came as a result of following of the words of Allah and to put an end to the suffering of my sister due to liver failure which lasted for many years. I also had absolute belief in the ability of The Royal Hospital to perform liver transplants with absolute skill, with a competent medical staff. The option to perform liver transplant procedures in our homeland gives us a relaxed and positive feeling due to the presence of family members and smooth communication with staff that speak Arabic.”
A patient Huda bint Khalfan al Alawiya also praised the continuous efforts of the staff at The Royal Hospital.
“The liver transplant was sufficient to end my eight years of suffering. During this period, I experienced repeated deterioration in my health and physical activity. I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the health personnel who supervised the liver transplant process.”
The donor of the first liver transplant in the sultanate, Ahmad bin Daoud al Hadi, said, “Eight months after donating a portion of my liver to my mother, we both enjoy health and wellness. Thankfully, our tests confirmed that we were able to resume our day-to-day activities shortly after the transplant. My mother, especially got healthier than before.”
All liver transplants were performed by a medical team led by international surgeon, Dr Mohamed Rila, in collaboration with medical staff of The Royal Hospital.
The staff included Dr Nadia bint Abdullah al Harithia, consultant of Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases; Dr Sulaiman al Ma’amari, consultant Liver Surgery, and Dr Ramla al Qasab, first consultant anaesthesiologist, and medical and nursing staff from various medical departments. The liver transplant programme is headed towards involving local surgeons to carry out operations in future in cooperation with prestigious health institutions in India.