Young Emirati to get new heart in US
A 21-year-old Emirati man was flown to the United States to have a new heart planted in his chest after doctors in Sharjah saved his life in an artificial heart transplant.
Salim Jumma Al Junaibi, a university student, suffered from serious heart problems and doctors at Al Qassimi Hospital decided to perform a rare artificial heart transplant operation to save his life before sending him to the US for a new human heart.
Salim was flown with a medical team from Al Qassimi Hospital aboard a special jet ordered by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He is to undergo the transplant operation in Chicago and doctors told 'Al Bayan' newspaper he was in a good condition when he was taken to the aircraft.
The paper said Salim underwent an artificial heart transplant in Sharjah nearly two months ago and that nearly 50 doctors and other medical staff members were involved.
It said the five-hour operation was performed in collaboration with a German medical team and that it was the first such surgery in the UAE.
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