ABU DHABI // The first kidney transplant from a deceased donor has been carried out in the UAE - a landmark for the country.
Resident Latifa Sai'ed, who had been on dialysis for 16 years, has been given the kidney of a Saudi Arabian victim of a car crash.
The near-perfect tissue match meant the donation, approved by the victim's family after his death, could end 23-year-old Ms Sai'ed's dependence on dialysis for the first time since she was seven.
The operation, carried out at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, also marked a medical milestone, said Dr Ali Al Obaidli, chief clinical officer at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha).
Until now, only transplants from a living relative had been permitted due to uncertainty surrounding a new draft law that would allow transplants from patients who were declared brain-dead.
But the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health and Awqaf (General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments), have all recently issued statements endorsing brain death as an accepted definition of death.
With this being thefirst transplant in the UAE from a deceased donor, it could be life-changing for thousands of kidney dialysis patients in the emirates, which have some of the highest rates of diabetes and hypertension in the world.