An-Najah University Hospital carries out first kidney transplants
A team from the Liverpool International Transplant Initiative and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital carried out the first two kidney transplants at the An-Najah University Hospital in Nablus, on the West Bank on March 26, 2016. The collaboration was made possible thanks to the ISN and The Transplant Society (TTS) Sister Transplant Center Program.
The first operation was performed by surgeon Dr Abdul Hammadon on a 24-year-old man, whose brother donated his kidney. The second transplant patient was a 17-year-old boy, who received a kidney from his father. This operation was performed by surgeon Dr Sanjay Mehra.
An Najah hospitalBoth kidneys were removed by keyhole surgery, which took place for the first time in the West Bank. The two patients are recovering well.
The team from An-Najah University Hospital who helped with the transplants include Zakaria Hamdan, Sami Bahr, Emad Khazneh, Rajab Eid, Ahmed Jaradat, Kamel Jebrin and Wael Sadaka.
This achievement comes after months of preparation and coordination between the Liverpool International Transplant Initiative, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and An-Najah University Hospital. The project is supported by many international organisations such as ISN, TTS, and PIMA-South Africa.