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Nun donates kidney to save life of boy

Update: December, 19/2012 - 10:25


The doctors are doing the operation at Nhi Dong 2 Hospital—Source: Thanh Nien newspaper
HCM CITY (VNS) – Doctors at HCM City's Nhi Dong 2 Hospital yesterday successfully performed a transplant on a boy using a kidney donated by an unrelated person.

It was the first successful case of its kind in Viet Nam.

The operation took three hours using a donated kidney from an anonymous nun.

Nine-year old Nguyen Xuan Khanh from the Central Highland province of Lam Dong suffered from kidney failure at birth.

His parents could not give him their kidneys because of blood incompatibility. Khanh waited for years without a success for a donated kidney and his situation slowly deteriorated.

A Catholic nun who heard of his life-or-death plea offered one of her kidneys and the operation went ahead. She prefers to remain anonymous.

The doctors are supervising the health of both Khanh and the nun.

This is the tenth case of a kidney transplant operation on children at the hospital. – VNS

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