In the absence of matching related donors and through Renal Transplant Exchange Program:
Renal Transplant Exchange Program at KFSH&RC, Riyadh, has achieved significant progress through non-related living-donors kidney exchange program, as the surgical teams carried out four nephrectomies on four donors and transplanted the kidneys into four recipients from different families simultaneously with the highest medical efficiency.
His Excellency, Chief Executive Officer, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & RC, General Organization, Dr. Qassim Al QasabI, declared that the availability of advanced resources in our institution such as; state of the art operating rooms, high-tech ICU’s and highly qualified surgical & nursing teams have all helped to accommodate the surgeries executed among 8 people at the same time.
On the other hand, Dr. Ibrahim Al Ahmadi, Acting Chairman, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery, explained that the operations were done on four Saudi female patients suffering from renal failure aged 52-66 years, in which kidneys were recovered from 4 unrelated matching donors due to the unavailability of matching relative donors.
Moreover, Dr. Al Ahmadi added that the matching process is done through a globally certified special computer software that processes the data of patients and donors whereby each patient gets the matching kidney. After that, the matching group are called in order to explain to them the operation stages, obtain their consent and conduct the final tests. Noting that the removal and transplantation procedure took six hours, after which the patients and donors left the hospital in a good status.
Dr. Al Ahmadi has also emphasized the importance of non-relative Renal Transplant Exchange Program, which was established in 2011 and offered patients an opportunity to receive a matching kidney from a non-related donor in the absence of a matching related donor in a timely manner, instead of being put on the brain-dead organ donation waiting list.
Through non-related renal transplant exchange program, KFSH&RC, Riyadh was able to perform 18 renal transplant surgeries since the program was launched 5 years ago. Among these operations, two children (4 & 16 years old) underwent kidney transplant surgery about a month ago, becoming the first case of its kind in the region.