|The patient, a 32-year-old from Ha Noi's Chuong My District, received a kidney from his 29-year-old brother.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The Saint Paul Hospital under the Ha Noi administration successfully performed its second kidney transplant yesterday (March 20), where the patient and donor were siblings.
The patient, a 32-year-old from Ha Noi's Chuong My District, received a kidney from his 29-year-old brother.
According to the hospital's doctor, the transplant was difficult as the patient had been suffering from renal failure for a long time apart from heart failure and high blood pressure. The patient was reported to be stable after the transplant.
Four months ago, Saint Paul Hospital became the first hospital in Ha Noi – the 13th one in the whole country -- to perform a kidney transplant on a 29-year-old woman, who received the organ from her 49-year-old mother. The two have since recovered from the surgery.
Like the first transplant, the second surgery, which typically costs VND300 million (US$14,200), was provided free of charge.
The hospital said the next three kidney transplants will also be free if the patients have a health insurance card. If they do not have this card, they will have to pay half the cost of the surgery.
Depending on the success of the second transplant, the hospital expects to perform one surgery per month. Patients with relatives able to donate kidneys will be operated on first, and at a later stage, organs will be harvested from brain-dead donors. — VNS