Emirati heart transplant recipient taken to Chicago

Gulf News | Aghaddir Ali

Aghaddir Ali is a staff reporter of Gulf News.

Sharjah: A 21-year-old Emirati, who became the UAE’s first recipient of an artificial heart two months ago, is on his way to Chicago, to have a natural heart transplant, Gulf News can exclusively reveal.

Early Monday, Salem Juma Mohammad Al Junaibi left Sharjah’s Al Qasimi Hospital in an ambulance for Abu Dhabi, from where he flew to Chicago, Dr Arif Al Nooryani, executive director and consultant cardiologist at Al Qasimi Hospital, told Gulf News.

He was accompanied by Dr Mohammad Abdul Aziz, consultant cardiologist at Al Qasimi Hospital.

Officials at the Chicago hospital said preparations are under way to receive the young patient.

Al Junaibi, who left the hospital with a big smile on his face, said he was grateful to the team of doctors who treated him. Continue reading