Lebanon Just Recorded Its First Successful Artificial Heart Transplant

Lebanon Just Recorded Its First Successful Artificial Heart Transplant
Reuters | Annahar

A team of Lebanese cardiologists successfully conducted the first artificial heart transplant operation for a 22-year-old patient in Beirut.

The operation, headed by the cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Saab, took over 12 hours to finish after 3 weeks of preparing the patient through medication. It was performed in Al-Rassoul Al-Azam Hospital in Beirut.

The patient had been suffering from left- and right-sided heart failure that had him spend 3 months in a hospital before being placed on the waiting list of the national committee for the donation and transplant of human organs in Lebanon.

However, due to the difficulty of getting hold of a natural heart, and considering the severity of the patient’s case, it was decided that an artificial heart would be used for the surgery instead.

The hospital stated that this was the first time this kind of surgical operation had taken place in the country, and “despite the difficult circumstances surrounding Lebanon.”

Notably, an artificial heart is used to bridge the time to heart transplantation, which requires a healthy heart of an organ donor that had been declared brain-dead.

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إنجاز طبي جديد في مركز بيروت للقلب مستشفى الرسول الاعظم ص. للمرة الأولى على صعيد لبنان وبحالات نادرة في الوطن العربي ضمن مركز بيروت للقلب في مستشفى الرسول الاعظم ص وبالرغم من الظروف الصعبة التي تحيط بوطننا الحبيب أجرى فريق من أطباء القلب في مشفانا برئاسة الجرَّاح د. محمد صعب، زرع قلب كامل إصطناعي لمريض يبلغ من العمر ٢٢ عاما كان يعاني قصورا في البطين الأيسر والأيمن جعله يمكث في أحد المستشفيات ثلاثة أشهر وبعد التواصل مع مركز بيروت للقلب جرى نقله الى العناية المركزة وتحضيره للعملية قبل ثلاثة اسابيع من خلال العديد من الأدوية وتجدر الإشارة أن المريض كان على لائحة الإنتظار ضمن اللجنة الوطنية لوهب الاعضاء في حال تأمن واهب، لكن صعوبة تأمين قلب طبيعي وخطورة حالة المريض دفعت الى إجراء عملية Total Artificial Heart Transplant من خلال فريق أطباء القلب في مستشفى الرسول الاعظم ص التي إستغرقت 12 ساعة ويهدف القلب الاصطناعي الى تقديم بديل عن القلب البشري بإنتظار زرع القلب الطبيعي. المريض الآن بحالة جيدة ويخضع للمتابعة الطبية في مركز بيروت للقلب ضمن مستشفى الرسول الاعظم ص.

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The patient is now in good condition and is undergoing medical follow-up at the Beirut Heart Center within Al-Rassoul Al-Azam Hospital, the hospital said in a statement.

On a side note, medical workers and staffers at Lebanon’s public hospitals recently protested underpayment and overdue salaries.

These employees have been receiving their payments in Lebanese pounds at the official exchange rate of 1,500 LBP/USD while the pound’s value has plummeted against the U.S. dollar in the parallel market, reaching as low as 9,000 LBP/USD in the past few weeks.

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