Jordanian surgeon saves life as part of groundbreaking team in Ohio

Ashraf El-Hinnawi

AMMAN — A Jordanian surgeon was part of a groundbreaking medical team that recently performed a lifesaving lung and kidney transplant in the US.

The patient depended on an oxygen tank and required machines to help him breathe, said Ashraf El-Hinnawi, an assistant professor of surgery at the Ohio State University (OSU) since 2014.

The patient’s condition was deteriorating, and his kidneys were failing, El-Hinnawi said, adding that the patient struggled to perform simple tasks.

“He needed a new lung and a new kidney,” the surgeon said in an e-mail interview with The Jordan Times.

Patients with end-stage lung disease and concurrent poor kidney function have few therapeutic options, and need either a high-risk lung transplant, combined lung and kidney transplants or supportive care without transplants, he explained. Continue reading
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