Dubai: Nabadat initiative launched by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to treat for congenital heart defects and related complications has recorded overwhelming success in its recently completed series of heart operations, with complete success.
This is more remarkable considering that some of the operations were of the most complex heart procedures in the world, demanding flawless execution and zero 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 are all now recovering steadily at home. This brings the total number of lives saved to close to 300, taking into account the 250 operations conducted in previous visits. The patients were mostly children and youths, with the oldest in his early 20s.
“We are honored to help fulfill 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. We have demonstrated that we are committed to helping people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. As the next phase of our initiative, we are aiming to widen our scope from the UAE and help people beyond our borders, in the region and eventually beyond,” said Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of the DHA elaborating the Nabadat initiative.
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 – who is one of the most respected heart surgeons in the world. The local team also distinguished themselves with their skill, and were headed by Dr. Obeid Al-Jasem, Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the DHA.
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 recognized the need for an integrated cardiology center for children in Dubai, which will enhance the emirate’s competitiveness in the global health sector.