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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44
I want a Saudi Doctor!


Department of Internal Medicine, North West Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

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Mansy H, Al Harbi A, Ghasib SH, Al Shalash S, Al Shareef Z. I want a Saudi Doctor!. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 1996;7:44

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Mansy H, Al Harbi A, Ghasib SH, Al Shalash S, Al Shareef Z. I want a Saudi Doctor!. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 1996 [cited 2019 Nov 11];7:44. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?1996/7/1/44/39545
To the Editor:

We would like to report this incident which reflects the increased confidence in Saudi doctors and in their clinical expertise, contrary to the previous beliefs that Western doctors are the best.

A 30 year old male Saudi patient with chronic renal failure on hemodialysis for the past two years was selected for cadaveric renal transplant. He was quite keen to have the transplantation and several of his relatives volunteered to donate, but none of them was found suitable. He refused to go to India for commercial renal transplantation on the principle that exploitation of the donor in India is against the Muslim religion and basic principle of humanity. We did urgent renal transplant workup for him when a kidney became available from Riyadh. He was found to have a good HLA match with the donor and negative lymphocytic crossmatch, and his general health was quite good. However, one hour before he was due to go to operation theatre the surgeons came to see him for assessment. On that particular day two Saudi renal transplant surgeons were away at a conference, and to our surprise the patient refused to have renal transplant as none of the available surgeons were Saudi, although they were part of the renal transplant team. We could not convince him that the available surgeons were good enough to undertake such surgery.

This case demonstrates increased confidence of the public in the Saudi doctors and their training, and also the responsibility of the Saudi doctors to maintain and cultivate such confidence to the highest level. This would be only achieved by hard work and the highest standard of training to be made available to all doctors and to medical students of Saudi universities as well.

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Hatem Mansy
Department of Internal Medicine, North West Armed Forces Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Tabuk
Saudi Arabia
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