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Kuwait Health Ministry surgeons complete first successful liver transplant
January 18, 2018, 9:15 am

Surgeons at Kuwait's Health Ministry have successfully carried out their first-ever liver transplant operation for a Kuwaiti whose liver functions suffered chronic failure, the minister said on Wednesday.

A joint Kuwaiti-British team of surgeons carried out the operation at the government-run Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Health Minister Sheikh Bassel Al-Sabah said in a statement. The transplanted liver was taken from a brain-dead donor after approvals were granted from the family of the deceased.

The milestone comes amid a cooperation agreement between the ministry and the Liver Transplant Unit of Kings College Hospital in London, said the minister.

The agreement is a platform for the supervised formation of a permanent liver transplant programme in Kuwait, which will train local surgeons on how to carry out the task, he revealed. King's Liver Transplant Unit runs the largest transplantation programme in Europe, carrying out more than 200 procedures a year.

Source: KUNA

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