By Ahmet Abdulaziz….

The Near East University Hospital has added yet an another feather in its cap by crossing another milestone.  As announced recently, the hospital is now in a position to also carry out heart transplant surgery.

According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Heart Transplantation Center had been launched within the body of NEU Hospital in line with global standards. It was underlined that the Heart Transplant Center with its state-of-the-art technological infrastructure and highly specialized multidisciplinary organ transplant team had completed all preparations required for performing heart transplantation procedures and licensed to perform heart transplant operations and provide unmatched lifesaving transplant procedures for patients under risk of losing their lives due to heart failure.

The press statement underlines that NEU Heart Transplant Center is the only health facility in the TRNC capable of carrying out heart transplantation procedures with its multidisciplinary dedicated transplant team consisting of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologist, heart transplant coordinator, pulmonologist, infectious diseases physician, experienced organ transplant nurses, and anaesthetist. Asst. Prof. Dr. Özlem Balcı, who is a Cypriot cardiovascular surgeon and has performed many successful heart transplant procedures in Turkey so far, is currently the physician in charge of the Heart Transplant Center. Her expertise in heart transplant has been approved by the Turkish Scientific Board of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Within the frame of the law that regulates the minimum standards that must be met by all individuals and organizations involved in organ donation and human cell, tissue and organ transplantation, NEU Hospital with its contemporary infrastructure, cutting-edge high technology and multidisciplinary organ transplant team is ready to perform organ and cardiac transplantation.