Cho Ray hospital succeeds in first heart transplant

Doctors at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City successfully carried out a heart transplant for the first time, with support from doctors of Hanoi’s Vietnam – Germany Hospital.

An organ transplant surgery in Cho Ray Hospital (Photo: VNA)

An organ transplant surgery in Cho Ray Hospital (Photo: VNA)

The male patient, born in 1990 in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, was diagnosed with heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition which enlarges the heart and stops it from pumping blood efficiently. He has suffered from the diseases for the past three years.

The heart transplant took place on May 29 and lasted for 140 minutes. The next day, the heart began normal functions. 

It will take a month to see if his body accepts the new organ.

Also on May 29, the hospital conducted one liver and two kidney transplants.

All organs used in the four operations came from one donor, an 18-year-old girl who died in a traffic accident on May 19.

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