Hasnaa Ali

Hasnaa Ali

Journalist

King Salman honors Saudi woman for selfless donation

Salma Bint Lafi Al-Enezi donated half her liver to her husband, ending his long painful suffering from liver fibrosis. King Salman awarded the King Abdulaziz Badge of Honor, and extending wishes for her family’s safety and wellbeing.

Al-Enezi refrained from talking to media as she is convinced that what she did was a humanitarian deed that requires no thanks. She donated her liver asking for God’s blessings and her family’s safety, she said.

However, her father Lafi Al-Enezi explained his daughter made the donation to her husband of seven years. The couple has a daughter and a son.   Al-Enezi decided in April 2017 to end her husband’s suffering. After several medical tests, doctors determined she was a medical match. The transplant surgery was conducted at King Faisal Specialized Hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

King Salman honored Al-Enezi by granting her the King Abdulaziz Badge of Honor for her substantial humanitarian act. Al-Enezi’s father said the award is a source of pride and honor for his family, as it is for every Saudi citizen, expressing appreciation and thanking the authorities for the gesture.

Al-Enezi is not the first

Al-Enezi is not the first Saudi woman to donate an organ to save a life. In May 2017 a wife donated one of her kidneys to her husband, Yehya Tohari, initially without his knowledge, thus ending many years of renal failure.

In 2015, Ayman Musfer Jubran Al-Zahrani, 29 at the time, proposed to a 20-year-old girl. He told her that he suffered from renal failure. The girl did not consider this as an obstacle and decided to marry him. After marriage she underwent medical tests to determine if she was a suitable donor. After confirming she was a match, she donated her kidney during an operation at King Faisal Specialized Hospital in Jeddah, freeing her husband from dialysis.

According to the stem cell donor database at King Faisal Specialized Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, in July 2017 a 44-year-old Saudi woman donated blood stem cells after determining she was a compatible donor for a young woman suffering from acute leukemia.

In October 2017, a Saudi woman named Mona Al-Ferdan, aged 30 at the time, donated 60 per cent of her liver to her 60-year-old father in order to end his 20-year battle with cirrhosis.

King Abdulaziz Badge of Honor

This Badge of Honor is awarded to Saudi citizens who provide great service to the state or to any of its institutions, or to individuals who provide significant service with moral value. The Badge of Honor is considered the third highest Saudi award. The award has 4 ranks: excellent, first, second, and third.

Among the most prominent Saudi women who have received the Badge of Honor is Khawla Sami Al-Koree, awarded the First-Class Badge under the late King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz for her outstanding achievements in research about genetic traits of cancer cells.  She was the first Saudi woman to receive the award, in 2010.

The First-Class Badge, along with $266,000, were also granted to families of three teachers: Ghadir Bint Mohammed Katua, Reem Bint Ali Al-Nahari, and Suzan Bint Salem Al-Khaledi, who died in a school fire in Jeddah as they tried to rescue students.

Princess Sarah Al-Faisal Bin Abdel-Aziz, President of Al-Nahda Women's Society and member of the Shura Council, was granted the Badge of Honor in recognition of her charity efforts and her great support for Saudi women's issues.

Organ donation in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia also grants organ donors the King Abdulaziz Class III Badge, in addition to other privileges such as a 50% discount on airline tickets as well as special Saudi ID cards to facilitate their procedures in various official bodies.

In case of a donor’s death during the operation or as a result of it, the state grants an award of approximately $13,000 to the donor’s family, whether the donation was for a family member or a stranger. The Saudi government also honors blood donors with a Medal of Merit.

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A Saudi social activist whose activities focus on issues affecting women and children. She previously served in the Saudi Shura Council.

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