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HCM City hospital carries out liver transplants

Update: October, 12/2015 - 15:41
Doctors from the Cho Ray Hospital are conducting one of the liver transplant surgeries. — Photo vnexpress.net

HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City have successfully carried out two liver transplants.

Pham Huu Thien Chi, deputy head of the liver, gall bladder and pancreas ward at the hospital, said the first surgery was carried out last Saturday on a 66-year-old woman who suffered from hepatitis and cirrhosis of the last stage.

If she had not received a liver transplant in time, she would have suffered kidney failure, with little hope of a cure.

Her oldest son, who is 37 years old, agreed to donate his liver.

A day later on Sunday, the hospital carried out the second surgery on a 60-year-old man from the southern Ben Tre Province. He was suffering from liver cancer and serious cirrhosis.

His oldest son, who is 32 years old, agreed to donate his liver.

The two donors were found to be slightly overweight and were asked by the doctors to reduce some weight without affecting their health.

Doctor Chi said each surgery last more than 10 hours.

Both the patients and the donors are in stable condition and under the doctors' strict supervision.

Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, deputy director of Cho Ray Hospital, said the two surgeries were jointly conducted by the hospital and the Liver Transplant Centre under Asan Hospital from South Korea.

The hospital has conducted six liver transplants since 2012. — VNS

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