The tenth liver transplant carried out in the Children Hospital No.2 in Ho Chi Minh City was a success, said the hospital on October 31.
The recipient is 13 month old Nguyen Vo Tri Hao from District Tan Binh who was diagnosed to have shrunk ball and undertook an operation when he was seven week old at the Children Hospital No.1. Later he had cirrhosis. Doctors advised to have liver transplant. The donor is his father, 38, and was discharged from the hospital when he was stable.
After one month, the toddler was recovering and went home.
Liver transplantation for kid under two years old and alive donor is the most difficult technique because blood vessels are very small.
The operation was performed on October 4 by Professor Tran Dong A, some surgeons of the hospital and their colleagues from other hospital along with two medical experts from Belgium Saint-Luc University.
The hospital started to perform liver transplant in 2005, so far surgeons have conducted ten cases, each case worth VND5000 million (US$22,400) excluding expenditure post-operation and treatment. As per the plan, the hospital will build a hi-tech organ medical center by 2025 and the Department of Health gave the green light to the construction project.