Saudi woman saves 7 lives by donating her organs

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A brain dead young woman from Saudi Arabia saved the lives of seven people after her family agreed to donate her organs, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

Organ transplant specialist, Hassan Abdullah Al Khanani, told Al Watan newspaper several patients throughout the Kingdom benefited from the step.

According to al-Khanani, heart and lung transplants were carried out for patients in Riyadh. Liver, pancreas and Kidney transplants were carried out in Dammam, he added.

The 20-year-old girls’ organs were immediately transferred on Friday by a medical aircraft, al-Khanani said.

The girl’s family agreed to proceed with the process after a charity organization aiming to encourage organ donations in the Eastern Province convinced them.

Head of the organization “Ethar” told the newspaper that the process was accomplished rapidly. A committee at Ethar works on countering misconceptions about organ donations in the Kingdom.

Most Muslim scholars of Islamic law have argued that the donation of organs is permissible under Sharia, while others deemed it impermissible, claiming that tampering a human being’s dead body amounts to mutilating God’s creation.

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