The Saint Paul Hospital in Hanoi has successfully performed its second kidney transplant, where the patient and donor were siblings.

The patient, a 32-year-old from Hanoi's Chuong My district, received a kidney from his 29-year-old brother.

According to the hospital's doctors, the transplant on March 20 was difficult as the patient had been suffering from renal failure for a long time apart from heart failure and high blood pressure. He was reported to be stable after the transplant.

Four months ago, Saint Paul Hospital became the first hospital in Hanoi – the 13th in the whole country — to perform a kidney transplant on a patient, a 29-year-old woman who received the organ from her 49-year-old mother. The two have since recovered from the surgery.

Like the first transplant, the second, which typically costs 300 million VND (14,200 USD), was provided free of charge.

The hospital said the next three kidney transplants will also be free if the patients have a health insurance card. If not, they will have to pay half the cost of the surgery.

Depending on the success of the second transplant, the hospital expects to perform one surgery per month. Patients with relatives able to donate kidneys will be operated on first, and at a later stage, organs will be taken from brain-dead donors.-VNA