|Vũ Thị Huề (left), Lê Thị Ánh Hồng (centre) and Thái Minh Sâm, head of Chợ Rẫy Hospital’s Department of Urology. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng|
HCM CITY— Doctors at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City have successfully performed the country’s first living paired-kidney exchange transplant.
The surgery was successful and the four patients are in stable condition, according to Dr Thái Minh Sâm, head of the hospital’s urology department.
Nguyễn Thị Huê, 58, volunteered to donate one of her kidneys to her daughter Vũ Thị Huề, 32, from Kiên Giang Province who had end-stage renal disease and has been on dialysis since June 2014.
But she and her daughter did not match well, Sâm said at a press meeting held yesterday.
Another pair in the same situation, Lê Thị Ánh Hồng, 31, from Đắk Nông Province with end-stage renal disease, has been on dialysis since April 2015.
Hồng’s stepfather, Trương Ngọc Xuân, 51, could not donate one of his own kidneys to his daughter as they were incompatible.
Paired donation matches an incompatible donor and recipient to another pair in the same situation.
Doctors at Chợ Rẫy Hospital carefully consulted opinions from leading experts in kidney transplant and explained the procedure to two donor/recipient pairs who agreed to undergo paired kidney exchange.
Huề’s mother gave one of her own kidneys to Hồng. In exchange, Hồng’s stepfather, Xuân, donated one of his own kidneys to Huề.
Doctors removed the kidneys from the donors in the morning and transplanted them in the recipients on January 11. — VNS