Man undergoing first heart transplant discharged

Leading hospital Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday said that first man who underwent heart transplant was discharged.

Doctors of Cho Ray present flower to the man on the day he is discharged (Photo: SGGP)

Doctors of Cho Ray present flower to the man on the day he is discharged (Photo: SGGP)

The 27 year old man hailing from the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong underwent heart transplant surgegy from a donated heart of a 18 year old girl.

Head of the Department of Intensive Care and Cardiac Surgery Dr. Nguyen Thai An said that during the surgegy, pericardial effusion happened because the recipient’s heart chamber is large while the donor’s heart is small.
Yet, surgeons had treated this problem and the man was in good condition. 

At present, the man can eat and walk like healthy people. Yesterday, he was discharged. Dr. Thai An warned him not to smoke or inhale smoke because it is not good for new transplanted heart.
Moreover, he should keep away from the flu/ ill people or people with breathing disease. Additionally, he should have boiled water and cooked food to keep fit. Two or three months later he can go out to work, said Dr. Thai An. 

The heart transplant is a big achievement of Cho Ray surgeon teams with the help of Viet-Duc Hospital. Deputy director of Cho Ray Hospital Dr. Tran Minh Truong  said that surgeons are confident to perform heart transplant surgegies in the future.


By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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