First simultaneous transplant operations in Vietnam

A hospital in the capital of Hanoi has carried out first simultaneous transplant operations, said Nguyen Tien Quyet, director of Viet Duc Hospital, on April 15.

Relatives of a 30-year-old traffic accident victim, who died on April 12, had agreed to donate his organs to the Viet Duc hospital.

The relatives agreed that the hospital would be free to use the donor victim’s heart, kidneys, liver and corneas for saving the lives of other patients.
Soon after receiving the organs, the hospital was quick to select persons suitable as recipients of the organs based on their blood types. The hospital mobilized 150 medics to undertake four operations simultaneously. 

It took three hours to complete two liver transplants, four hours to conduct a heart transplant and eight hours for a liver transplant.

Two kidney transplant patients were fully conscious and could walk a few steps by the afternoon of April 15, while the patients who underwent heart and liver transplant surgeries were able to converse with each other.

Nguyen Tien Quyet, director of the Hanoi – based Viet Duc hospital said that his hospital had carried out four simultaneous transplants for the first time. The first was in the Military Hospital 103, assisted by foreign experts and medics at the National Hospital in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, conducted the second.

On the same day, Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu visited the patients and praised the hospital for its commendable work. The minister donated VND50 million to the Viet Duc Hospital for conducting all operations so successfully.

By staff writers - Translated by Nha Tran

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