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March, 05 2014 09:17:00

Hospital conducts country's first double-organ transplant

The seriously ill patient, Pham Thai Huyen, 43, from the northern province of Son La, was saved when the family of a patient killed in a road accident donated his organs.— Photo suckhoedoisong

HA NOI (VNS)— The first double-organ transplant in Viet Nam has been successfully conducted by doctors at Military Hospital 103 in the capital, Associate Professor Hoang Manh An, a hospital director, told a press conference on Monday.

The seriously ill patient, Pham Thai Huyen, 43, from the northern province of Son La, was saved when the family of a patient killed in a road accident donated his organs.

Yesterday afternoon, doctors reported that his condition was stable.

Huyen had a kidney and pancreas transplant performed at the same time. He suffered from diabetes type 1 and his kidney function had declined. At the time of the operation, he was in a serious condition.

Dr An said that before the transplant, Huyen had to be hospitalised every two months for 10 to 15 days.

The hospital encouraged family of the brain-dead patient injured in a road accident to donate the organs.

The operation on Saturday took 10 hours. More than 150 medical staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, were organised for the surgery.

Dr An said that foreign experts advised on the side lines throughout the operation.

"In the years and months before the transplant, the hospital prepared itself by assigning doctors to study the technology overseas. Hospital doctors also performed 50 pilot transplants on animals," he said.

At present the patient is conscious with dry incision and stable index of urine, blood sugar and kidney.

The first kidney transplantation in Viet Nam was conducted by the Military Hospital more than 20 years ago. The hospital began liver transplants in 2004 and heart transplants in 2010. — VNS

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