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Donor's organs used to save four patients

Update: July, 23/2015 - 09:30
A patient was saved by kidney donated from a brain-dead patient. For the first time, organs from one brain-dead patient had been used in four different transplantation operations, including kidney, liver, heart and lung and cornea. — Photo kenh14.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at hospitals in HCM City and Hue this week conducted six successful organ transplant operations, saving the lives of four people and restoring the sight of two severely visually-impaired patients.

Associate Prof. Nguyen Truong Son, director of Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City, said this was the hospital's first case in which organs from one brain-dead patient had been used in four different transplantation operations, including kidney, liver, heart and lung and cornea.

For the liver transplant operation, doctors at Cho Ray Hospital were assisted by a South Korean surgery transplant team from the ASAN Medical Centre in Seoul.

The team on Monday successfully conducted a liver transplant operation for a patient with liver cancer caused by hepatitis C infection.

Also on Monday, doctors at Cho Ray Hospital conducted operations on two patients with chronic kidney failure, transplanting kidneys from the donor.

Elsewhere, doctors at Hue Central Hospital in Hue on Monday flew to HCM City to receive the donor's heart and lung and then flew back to Hue to perform the transplant operation for a patient with heart and lung failure.

A team of doctors at Hue Central Hospital conducted the operation.

The doctors, led by Dr Bui Duc Phu, at the Hue hospital are known nationwide for their expertise in heart transplantation.

The brain-dead donor had an AB blood type, doctors said. Donors with AB blood type can only be matched with recipients with the same blood type. Son said the AB blood type was uncommon among Vietnamese.

To expedite the transport of the organs between HCM City and Hue, the hospitals had to ask for assistance from national aviation, customs and import-export management agencies.

The heart must be transplanted within three hours, and the lung, within four hours, Son said.

Apart from the transplant operations at Cho Ray and Hue hospitals, cornea transplantation operations were conducted yesterday at HCM City's Nguyen Trai Hospital for two poor patients with corneal scars. — VNS

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