The procedure raised hopes that advances in cross-species organ donation could one day solve the chronic shortage of human organs available for donation, and the team behind the operation say they are "optimistic" about its future success.
Born with a rare liver disease, 30-year-old Fatima Abdulkareem Saeed Al Nahdi was under treatment from various hospitals in Middle East. She had Budd Chiari syndrome with multiple protein enzyme defects resulting in blockade of major vessels of liver.
Those who got a second lease of life through transplantation as an outcome of this gesture of organ donation included recipients in Mumbai, Delhi, and two at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.
Kulsum was diagnosed with congenital acute myeloid leukaemia. She had undergone 4 cycles of chemotherapy in Dubai. Her doctors in Dubai suggested she undergo a bone marrow transplant as early as possible.
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre’s (KFSH&RC) pediatric cardiac surgery team successfully performed consecutive heart transplants on two children within 24 hours in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Taking to Twitter to express his heartfelt appreciation for the family’s humanitarian act, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said the gesture “embodies the act of giving at his finest.”
Egypt has arrested a gang of human organ traffickers, which used to lure people to sell their kidneys at a very low price and the gang used to sell it to patients needing transplant at a much higher price.
A team of surgeons in New York said on Thursday that they had performed the world's first transplant of an entire eye in a procedure described as a medical breakthrough, although it isn't yet known whether the patient will actually regain his sight.