Record for the first time in organ transplant to revive lives at Viet Duc University Hospital
Viet Duc University Hospital has just made another record for the first time in organ donation-transplant filed. Within 13 days of successfully transplanting 23 organs and within 10 days it successfully deployed 4 families to donate organs, especially for the first time in 2 days consecutive days, heart transplant has been successful for 2 patients.
For the first time in 13 days (from August 30 to September 12), Viet Duc University Hospital has successfully transplanted 23 organs including: 3 hearts, 4 lives, 16 kidneys (including: 8 kidneys from living donors, 15 organs from brain death). Currently all the organs function very well.
Also, for the first time, within 10 days (from August 28 to September 8), the consulting and coordinating unit of Organ Transplantation Center, Viet Duc University Hospital successfully mobilized 4 families to donate organs, with 3 Hearts ; 4 Livers ; 8 Kidneys ; 20 Blood vessels ; 2 Heart valves ; 2 Corneas.
Previously, in January 2020, the consulting and coordinating unit of Organ Transplantation Center, Viet Duc University Hospital successfully mobilized 3 families in Bac Giang and 3 families in Thanh Hoa to donate organs.
In particular, with donated organs source from 4 families (from August 28 to September 8), for the first time, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center, Viet Duc University Hospital successfully performed heart transplants for 2 patients in 2 consecutive days (September 11 and 12).
The first case was a male patient N.Q.T, 33 years old, in Thanh Hoa who had a history of end-stage heart failure based on dilated cardiomyopathy. Patient with 5-year dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), treated at a provincial hospital. During his treatment, dangerous arrhythmias occurred many times, requiring defibrillation and the risk of death was very high. Patient has only 1 chance of life is a heart transplant.
On September 10, 2020, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center has been informed by the organ donation unit of Viet Duc University Hospital about a serious traumatic brain injury with signs of brain death and family was willing to donate multiple organs (heart, liver, 2 kidneys). That was a young man with very good heart function, biological indicators suitable for patient T who was waiting for a heart transplant.
Did not miss “golden time”, on September 11, the surgical team led by Ass. Prof. Nguyen Huu Uoc, MD, PhD – Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center, Viet Duc University Hospital had heart transplant surgery for patient T.
The duration of surgery lasted for 6 hours. During the transplantation, the main difficulty was that Mr. T’s heart was too big, making the heart’s chamber very large. However, the donor heart belongs to the average person – should be smaller than the heart’s chamber. Therefore, doctors had to use a number of techniques to shape and lengthen the heart vessels for proper connection.
Currently after the transplantation, patient recovers well, intubation was removed, gradually reduced medicine for heart, and continues to be actively monitored for treatment.
The second case is a male patient N.D.D, 52 years old, in Thanh Hoa with a history of DCM for years. Patient was detected disease in 2006. From 2013 up to now, he was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure due to DCM.
Recently, patient became very weak, tired, hospitalized for treatment several times. Therefore he was on a waiting list for transplant.
On September 12, 15 hours after the heart transplant on September 11, doctors of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center, Viet Duc University Hospital operated a heart transplant for patient D from a brain death who donates multiple organs (heart, liver, 2 kidneys). That was a young man over 30 years old, had traffic accident that cannot be cured. The surgery has been conducted smoothly, with a good result.
Currently, on the 3rd day after surgery, patient D is awake, has a ventilation removed, can sit up, eat and talk, and continue to be monitored and actively treated.
Before that, in a week, from 12 to August 18, Viet Duc University Hospital also successfully performed 15 organ transplants (10 transplants from brain death donors: (lungs, 2 hearts, 3 liver, 4 kidneys) and 05 organ transplants from alive (1 liver, 4 kidneys).
Ass. Prof. Nguyen Tien Quyet, MD, PhD, former director of Viet Duc University Hospital, said that currently, organ transplant costs in Vietnam are cheaper than 1/3 in the region and in the world. For example, the cost of a kidney transplantation, in the same region, the patient will pay about 35,000 USD, while at Viet Duc University Hospital, it will only cost about 200 – 230 million ( about 10,000 USD).
The first liver transplant from a brain dead in hospital, costs only 500 million, while this cost in countries around the world is from 1- 1.5 billion..
“Low cost, more and more hearts willing to donate organs if unfortunately pass away, Vietnamese doctors master the transplant technique, we hope the long list of waiting for organ transplants will be gradually withdrawn. Shortly, there will be no patients waiting for fatigue until died because there is no donor source, while the rate of brain death after accident is very high.