Flawless heart procedures give new lease of life to many

DUBAI: The Nabadat initiative launched by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to treat congenital heart defects and related complications has recorded overwhelming success in its recently completed series of heart operations.

The success story is more remarkable considering that some of the operations were the most complex heart procedures in the world, demanding flawless execution and no room for error.

Out of the 23 patients operated on during the most recent visit by surgeons, not only did all of the patients successfully make it through the operations, they also made such good progress that they all are now recovering steadily at home.

This brings the total number of lives saved close to 300, taking into account the 250 operations conducted during previous visits. The patients were mostly children and youth, with the oldest in his early 20s.

“We are honoured to help fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister, Vice-President and Ruler of Dubai, to save lives and help those who are less fortunate. This will definitely not be the last series of operations, and we look forward to saving many more lives,” said DHA director-general Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid.

“We have demonstrated that we are committed to helping people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. The next phase of our initiative will see us widening our scope to help people beyond our borders,” he added.

The operations were jointly conducted by an international and local team. The international surgeons were from San Donato University Hospital in Milan, Italy. They were led by Professor Alessandro Vrigola, a world-renowned heart surgeon. The local team, headed by Dr Obeid Al Jasem, head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the DHA, also distinguished themselves with their skill.

On his team’s successful surgeries, Dr Obeid Al Jasem said, “The incredible success rate achieved by our local team in collaboration with the international team is an emphatic sign that Dubai’s health professionals are the most skilled in the region, and their standards are globally competitive. We will use this initiative to keep enhancing our experience in complex procedures, to benefit patients locally and beyond.”

It is worth noting that the DHA launched Nabadat to address the problem of approximately 100 children who are treated annually in Dubai hospitals for congenital heart defects and related complications. It also recognised the need for an integrated cardiology centre for children in Dubai, which will enhance the emirate’s competitiveness in the global health sector.

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