The Hue Central Hospital in the central province of Thua Thien Hue held a ceremony on November 17 to mark 200 successful kidney transplant cases conducted by its experts and to honor the voluntary kidney donors.

Hospital Director Bui Duc Phu said the hospital performed the first kidney transplant in 2001, and the new kidney functioned well on 100 percent of recipients during the first year, which is a high rate even compared with international standards.

So far, 14 hospitals in the country have carried out kidney transplants successfully.

The cost of a kidney transplant at a Vietnamese hospital is around 150 million VND (7,100 USD) while it could be between 800 million-1 billion VND (38,000-47,600 USD) abroad.-VNA