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Kuwait's Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah

First heart transplant for Kuwait "a success" - Minister


KUWAIT-- The first heart transplant surgery in Kuwait has been completed successfully on a 20-year old patient, the country's Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah said on Tuesday.

The patient was being treated for a serious cardiac ailment, where his failing heart was replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor, the minister said in a statement.

The success of the procedure required a great degree of meticulousness and preparation, he explained, saying such an operation needed a state-of-the-art team and profound expertise.

On the success of the surgery, the minister said it was a testament to the tremendous progress the health ministry has made in recent years, besides being another notable accomplishment for Kuwaiti healthcare.

He went on to thank everybody who contributed to the success of the country's first heart transplant, including the surgical team and staff members.


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