|Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City has helped narrow the gap between organ supply and demand, issuing nearly 200 donor cards to the public. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City has helped narrow the gap between organ supply and demand, issuing nearly 200 donor cards to the public since the first one was granted to Ass. Prof. Nguyen Truong Son, director of the hospital, on October 28.
The issuance of cards follows regulations set out by the Law on Organ Donations, which became effective in 2007, said Professor Dr. Tran Ngoc Sinh, head of HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy's urology department.
Cho Ray is the first hospital in the country to issue organ donor cards.
The National Centre for Co-ordinating Human Organ Transplants established last year at Viet Duc Hospital is preparing to release donor cards nationwide.
Organs can be donated from people who have been diagnosed with brain death or a non-beating heart due to accidents or stroke.
The organs from one person could theoretically save at least seven patients waiting for kidney, heart, liver, lung or pancreas transplants, Sinh said.
The hospital's Unit for Co-ordinating Human Organ Transplants will choose the closest match between donor and recipient. The organs will be allocated to patients registered in the unit's database.
Since 1992, the hospital has performed nearly 400 kidney transplant surgeries, with live donor kidneys taken from relatives accounting for more than 95 per cent.
In 2008, the hospital performed the first kidney transplant from donors with brain death. Since then, it has conducted donor transplant of kidneys taken from seven people with brain death, saving the life of 13 patients.
The number of people diagnosed with brain death or a non-beating heart due to traffic accidents or illness is high, according to Sinh.
The cards will also help raise awareness about the need to save lives of people waiting for organ transplants. — VNS