Fifty-one poor patients in the central province of Khanh Hoa received free arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) from November 11-19.

The charity programme was conducted by experts from the US Operation Walk Chicago. Each surgery costs around 60-100 million VND (2,800 – 4,700 USD).

This is the fourth time the organisation has come to Vietnam to carry out such a humanitarian activity, giving free treatment to 240 local patients with serious arthritis.

Earlier, the Department of Orthopaedic Trauma and Burns of the provincial General Hospital received the transfer of the techniques to replace a hip without using cement by German experts.

Khanh Hoa is one of the three Vietnamese localities, after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City , to receive this high technology.-VNA