Pham Hoa Thuong (right), from Ninh Thuan province, who received heart and kidney from a deceased donor, is in sound condition. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The two patients transplanted with a heart and a kidney donated by a brain dead person in Hanoi are in sound condition and ready to be discharged from the hospital, Dr. Pham Thi Ngoc Thao, Deputy Director of the HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital said on March 19.

On February 26, Cho Ray Hospital doctors received the heart and the kidney sent by the Hanoi-based 108 Military Central Hospital. The donor is brain dead 45-year-old soldier, who had an accident on duty. He has donated many organs, including kidneys, heart and corneas, for transplant for up to six patients.

The heart was transplanted in 29-year-old Nguyen Quoc Hung with heart problems from Mekong delta Tien Giang province while the kidney was transplanted in 25-year-old Pham Hoai Thuong suffering the end-phase renal disease from central Ninh Thuan province.

Associate Professor Tran Quyet Tien, Deputy Director of the Cho Ray Hospital, highlighted the smooth collaboration among the National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Collaboration Centre, Viet Duc hospital in Hanoi and Cho Ray hospital in HCM City, and other forces to preserve and send the kidney and heart to HCM City by air for the timely transplant in these patients.

The heart was taken from the brain dead donor in Hanoi at 13:00 on Feb. 26 and reached Cho Ray hospital in HCM City at about 16:15. The transplant started at 17:00 and completed at 21:30 the same day while the kidney operation completed at 1:00 on February 27.

“We felt thrilled when hearing about the donation of the organs in Hanoi. However, we worried about the long distance between the two cities. Efforts of many medical workers involved would be vain if there were unexpected incidents like a flight delay or traffic jam,” Tien said.

The two patients are in good recovery and scheduled to be discharged from the hospital in several days, according to Tien.

The hospital has performed transplants in over 30 patients, using organs from brain dead donors over the past 10 years. The figure accounted for only five percent of the total transplant cases carried out in the hospital.

Currently, 20 patients are in queue for heart transplant, and 70 others for kidney transplant.-VNA