Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday honored renowned Egyptian-British surgeon Magdy Yacoub with the “scarf of Mohammed bin Rashid for humanitarian action” for his charitable efforts and medical and scientific achievements.
Yacoub was among the first three surgeons to perform an open heart surgery in Nigeria in 1974. In 1986, he was part of the team that developed the techniques of the heart-lung transplantation at the National Heart and Lung Institute.
He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007, aiming to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of heart transplant donations.
Mohammed bin Rashid, also the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, announced raising donations totaling EGP 360 million ($8.17 million) for Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt’s Aswan, on the sidelines of the Arab Hope Makers event in Dubai, according to Egyptian state’s news agency MENA.
The proceeds of the Arab Hope Makers show were allocated to supporting the construction of Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt to provide free-of-charge cardiac care to less fortunate communities across the Arab world, the UAE vice president said on his Twitter account.
The center will conduct more than 12,000 heart surgeries annually, of which 70 per cent will target children.
Moreover, Mohammed bin Rashid honored Ahmed Al-Falasi, an Emirati philanthropist, for his efforts to help those suffering kidney failure and provide the needy and poor people in Africa with preparations of medical care.