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PureHealth subsidiary SEHA successfully reattaches patient’s severed thumb with movement returning five weeks after surgery

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 08 2023 – Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), a PureHealth subsidiary, the largest integrated healthcare platform in the Middle East, has announced the success of a surgical procedure at Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi to reattach a severed thumb to a patient’s hand.

The patient had lost the thumb during a work accident, with Tawam Hospital’s plastic and reconstructive surgery team able to reattach it and restore blood circulation as part of a four-hour surgical procedure. High precision during the operation was required, with the blood vessels just 1mm wide. But all were reconnected successfully, with the patient able to start moving their thumb again five weeks later.

The medical team that performed the microsurgery, Dr. Ammar Al-Damen and Dr. Latifa Al-Dhaheri, said that packing the severed thumb in ice for the journey to the hospital, the quick-thinking of the hospital staff, and the cutting-edge technology at their disposal, all contributed to the success of the operation.

Saeed Jaber Al Kuwaiti, Group Chief Executive Officer, SEHA, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the remarkable achievement of the Tawam Hospital surgical team. This procedure demonstrates SEHA’s commitment to advancing healthcare outcomes and delivering world-class medical care to our patients. Our success story highlights the great strides made by the healthcare sector in the UAE, thanks to unwavering support and visionary leadership. Aligning with PureHealth, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide a robust healthcare system, delivering exceptional services that align with the highest international standards.”

Dr. Sultan Bin Karam, CEO of Tawam Hospital and the Al Ain region, said: “This is a great accomplishment by the health sector in this country, and reflects PureHealth’s commitment to creating a strong healthcare system, upgrading services to the highest international level, and using the latest technology. We have now organized an intense personalized program of physiotherapy to help the patient in their recovery.”

As a subsidiary of PureHealth, SEHA is part of its mission to raise the benchmarks in healthcare excellence, facilitate the development of cutting-edge healthcare solutions, advance the science of longevity, and help people live longer, healthier, happier and fuller lives. Under the direction of PureHealth, SEHA strives to extend advanced healthcare solutions, utilizing technology, and involving highly-skilled medical, technical and administrative staff, greatly improving patient outcomes.