|Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City. — File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS)— Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City has set up the Unit for Co-ordinating Human Organ Transplants to help save lives in the country, as the demand for organ transplants far exceeds the number of donations.
Tran Ngoc Sinh, chairman of HCM City Nephro-Urological Association, said the hospital performed 40 kidney transplant surgeries every year, with living donor kidney transplantation accounting for 95 per cent.
Since 2008, Cho Ray hospital has saved the life of 13 people who needed kidneys. The organs were taken from seven donors whose hearts were still beating but had experienced brain death.
The hospital was also preparing to conduct donor transplants from kidneys taken from "non-heart-beating" patients, Sinh said.
Every day, the hospital received an average of five people a day with brain death or a non-beating heart due to traffic accidents.
Organs from these patients, including kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas, could be used for transplant, Sinh said.
Du Thi Ngoc Thu, head of the hospital's Unit for Co-ordinating Human Organ Ttransplantation, said that more than 6,000 people across the country with serious kidney failure were in need of kidney transplantation.
A total of 1,500 people were waiting for liver transplants while 6,000 needed cornea transplants, Thu said.
The new unit is also expected to help prevent illegal trading in human organs. — VNS