Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, 85, and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 35, are registered as organ donors.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) released the news on the 12th. “National leaders want to encourage all citizens and residents to register as organ donors, which gives hope to patients who need organ transplants,” the source added. ”
The Saudi Organ Transplant Center is the platform for the organ donation program, according to the Saudi Arab News and Al Arabiya TV. The center was formerly the National Kidney Transplant Center, established by Salman in 1984.
“The move by the king and crown prince to register in the organ donation programme is a loving and paternalistic gesture to patients with advanced organ failure and one of the most important forms of solidarity known to Saudi society,” the Saudi press agency said in a statement. The statement added that the organ donation program will help improve the efficiency of organ transplants performed by the Saudi medical sector and the success rate of such operations in the future.
In addition to the king and crown prince, senior Saudi officials have reportedly joined the organ donation program. All Saudi citizens and residents are eligible to register as organ donors via an online link, the UAE’s National newspaper reported.
In the Saudi region, which tweeted on social media, the hashtag “I’m going to donate (organs) with our leaders” has become a hot topic.
Hana Roy, a foreigner living in Saudi Arabia, told The Nation: ‘It’s a great initiative and I’m going to register right away. Donating organs allows us not only to do good in this life, but even after death. Faisal Ismail, a Saudi citizen, also expressed support for the two leaders’ initiatives. “The act of donating organs is yet another example of the kindness and compassion of our leaders on the basis of our religious beliefs,” Ismail said. ”
A 1982 order issued by Saudi religious institutions allowed the transplantation of the deceased’s organs, Al Arabiya TV reported. The Saudi Human Organ Donation Regulation was approved by the Saudi Consultative Council in September 2019 and adopted at a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet chaired by Salman in March this year. The regulation is designed to regulate the donation and transplantation of human organs.