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Donor shortage leaves many waiting for kidney transplants

Update: December, 25/2012 - 09:54

HA NOI (VNS)— An estimated 8,000 patients need kidney transplant operations in Viet Nam each year, according to the health ministry.

However, there are so few organ donors so that doctors can only operate on 10 per cent of the kidney patients, officials said at a workshop held on Thursday.

Vietnamese surgeons were marking the fifth anniversary of the first successful liver transplant on an adult in their country.

Traffic accident victims represent a valuable potential source of organs for transplants, said Nguyen Tien Quyet, director of the Ha Noi-based Viet Duc hospital.

The hospital sees between 800-1,000 fatalities each year from traumatic brain injuries, mainly from traffic accidents, he revealed.

However, the number of people volunteering to donate organs from brain-dead family members remains limited. Most Vietnamese transplant patients have received organs from living donors.

Viet Nam passed a law on organ donation in 2006, under which Vietnamese citizens aged 18 and older have the right to donate their tissue or organs.

Viet Nam's first kidney transplant was successfully conducted in 1992. Today, 12 hospitals in Viet Nam conduct kidney transplant operations. — VNS

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