Chợ Rẫy Hospital marks 500th kidney transplant

Update: August, 26/2016 - 10:00
Chợ Rẫy Hospital held a ceremony to honour organ donors yesterday. - VNS Photo Phương Vy
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City has successfully performed its 500th kidney transplant, including 27 kidneys taken from brain-dead and non-heart-beating donors.

It performed the first transplants using kidneys taken from a non heart-beating donor last year, giving two young patients who were on hemodialysis a new lease on life.

The first transplant from living donor was done in 1992 with assistance from experts from Taiwan and the Việt Nam Military Medical Academy and the first using a kidney from a brain-dead donor, in 2008.

The hospital leads the country in terms of kidney transplants, Nguyễn Trường Sơn, its director, said.

But the number of organ transplants falls far short of the huge demand, he said at a ceremony held yesterday to honour donors.

Harvesting organs from brain-dead and non-heart-beating donors gives hope to patients who are waiting for transplants.

More than 2,000 people have registered to donate their organs at the hospital’s Unit for Co-ordinating Human Organ Transplant, which was set up in 2014.

More than 16,000 people are awaiting organs and another 6,000 are in need of corneas. — VNS