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Saudi King & Crown Prince Become Organ Donors

This humanitarian move will surely encourage many to follow suite

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have signed up to an organ donor program as a humanitarian gesture, Saudi Press Agency reported.

“This unsurprising gesture comes within the framework of the great care that patients with final organ failure receive from the king and the crown prince, and as encouragement from the leadership for all citizens and residents to register in the organ donation program,” the statement said.

The Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation heralds the program that is of “great importance because it gives hope to patients whose lives depend on new organ transplants.”

According to Arab News, King Salman was the one to establish the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation — formerly known as the National Center for Kidney Transplantation — as a solution to the increasing number of patients with kidney failure.

Organ donations include all patients with final organ failure that are placed on waiting lists whose survival depends on new organs, such as hearts, livers, kidneys, lungs.

"The king and crown prince’s initiative to register in the organ donor program constitutes a caring, patriarchal gesture toward patients in the end stages of organ failure, as well as one of the most important forms of solidarity known to Saudi society,” the statement added.

According to SPA, Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, governor of the Eastern Region; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, governor of the Northern Borders Region; Prince Dr. Hussam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, governor of Al-Baha; and Prince Faisal bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz, governor of Al-Jouf also registered to the initiative. 

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