|Trinh Xuan Tu (R), 64, from the northern province of Hai Duong was the first patient to be successfully treated using this method at the hospital.— Photo 24h
HA NOI (VNS) — Doctors from the National Tropical Disease Hospital in Ha Noi have successfully saved a patient infected with A/H1N1 flu using a modified heart-lung machine that pumps and oxygenates the patient's blood, allowing the organs to rest.
Trinh Xuan Tu, 64, from the northern province of Hai Duong was the first patient to be successfully treated using this method at the hospital. This technology is called ECMO and is used to help patients with devastating lung injuries or heart failure.
He was hospitalised in a serious condition in April, experiencing breathing problems and pneumonia owing to A/H1N1 infection.
After ten day using the ECMO technology, the patient's lungs gradually recovered and doctors were able to apply other treatment to save him.
The patient was discharged from hospital on Wednesday in a stable condition after four months of treatment. — VNS