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Surgeon's appeal for International Liverpool Transplant Initiative funding

Medics from Gaza are undergoing training in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool International Transplant Initiative.

Surgeons from the Royal Liverpool Hospital want to establish a locally run transplant unit in the conflict hit Gaza strip.

Their priorities are to fund a tissue typing laboratory as well as other medical equipment, which could cost in the region of £500,000.

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  1. Rachel Townsend

Gaza Medics given transplant training in Liverpool

A team of medics from the conflict hit Gaza strip are in Liverpool being trained by some of the country's top surgeons.

The Liverpool International Transplant Initiative aims to train medics so that one day the region will have its own transplant unit. Rachel Townsend reports.

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Gaza Medics get official Liverpool welcome

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar will welcome a group of medics from Gaza to the Town Hall on Monday. The medics, who are currently training at the Royal Liverpool Hospital will have afternoon tea with the Lord Mayor.

The group are being taught life changing skills to take back to Gaza so that they can perform kidney transplants for young and old who currently have to live on dialysis.

I am honoured to be welcoming delegates from Gaza to the Town Hall who are here training to improve the lives of kidney patients in Gaza. I cannot praise highly enough the work of these, and all medics, for the continued commitment to their profession. This training is vital and once again this great city of Liverpool is leading the way on sharing expertise. I hope they have enjoyed their time here and will take back with them the knowledge and skills required to ease the lives of those currently suffering from kidney failure.

– Lord Mayor, Gary Millar

We are extremely grateful to the Lord Mayor for extending his hospitality to our colleagues from Gaza. This is a great opportunity for us in Liverpool and the team from Gaza to really make a difference to the lives of people in Gaza living on dialysis. The team will learn from our expertise and take this back to Shifa Hospital so that they can carry out kidney transplants.

– Abdul Hammad, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Royal Liverpool doctors return from Gaza

Doctors from the Royal Liverpool Hospital have travelled to Gaza in the Middle East to carry out some of the regions first ever kidney transplants.

Currently no transplants can take place due to a shortage of medical supplies.

Consultant Abdul Hammad, whose family is Palestinian, started a project earlier this year. His colleagues Sanjay Mehra and Professor Derek Middleton were also part of the project.

Liverpool doctors train Gaza surgeons for lifesaving operations

It's the final of our reports from the Gaza Strip, where surgeons from the Royal Liverpool Hospital have been performing life saving operations that otherwise couldn't take place.

The kidney transplants are part of a project which will hopefully see a locally run transplant unit being established.

North West doctors will train Palestinian medics so they can treat their own patients without relying on visits from oversees surgeons. Our correspondent Rachel Townsend now reports on the future for Gaza


Liverpool doctors save children in Gaza.

Next to the project between doctors at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City, in the Middle East. Surgeons have travelled to Gaza to carry on life saving transplants, that currently cannot be carried by their own doctors.

In the third of our special reports, our correspondent Rachel Townsend visits two nine year olds who received kidneys earlier this year. Neither child would have survived without the surgery performed by the Liverpool team.

Liverpool doctors travel to Gaza

This is the second of our reports from the Gaza Strip, where surgeons from the Royal Liverpool Hospital have carried out the first ever kidney transplant. We travelled with them on their latest mission to operate on patients unable to leave Gaza for life saving treatment.

But the doctors face a huge dilemma. After travelling thousands of miles to perform surgery on a young girl, when they arrive, they discover complications and the operation, which is her last chance, is thrown into doubt. From Gaza, our correspondent Rachel Townsend reports.

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