A 24-year-old patient, who was declared brain dead after a car accident, has saved the lives of five patients after his family agreed to donate his vital organs for transplantation at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) in Riyadh.
The five patients, who were suffering from organ failure, separately received a small bowel, liver, heart and kidney from the man during simultaneous operations that took 10 hours.
Expert surgeons at the Riyadh hospital worked side-by-side last month with experts from different hospital departments to perform the procedure.
Al-Fayyadh said surgical teams worked all night to retrieve the organs from the donor, while a different set of experts worked on transplanting them to the five patients.
The five patients were a 36-year-old female; a 34-year-old male; a 60-year-old female; a 63-year-old male and a 23-month-old baby.