“This is the 100th multi-organ transplant from a brain-dead donor at Vietnam Duc University Hospital, also the largest amount of tissue and organs that have been donated,” said he.

“We would like to express our deep gratitude to the patients who received organs, from the doctors, the medical staff doing the organ donation work to the families of those who donated their organs for life. This is a noble gesture and a humane action that needs to be spread,” said Prof. Giang.

A patient recovers after receiving an organ from patient K. (Photo courtesy of the hospital)

The donor was a brain-dead patient, named D.M.K, 32, living in Bac Giang province.

On March 6, K was in a traffic accident and was urgently transported to the hospital due to his critical condition. Upon hearing the doctor's diagnosis, K's spouse and sibling were stunned. The medical professionals proposed organ donation after brain death, which K's family deliberated on and ultimately consented to. Despite the hospital staff's tireless efforts in administering intensive treatment and resuscitation for one day, K's family did not witness a miracle and ultimately lost their loved one.

The Organ Transplant Coordination Centre's Director, Prof., Dr. Nguyen Quang Nghia, stated that a major surgery was performed at approximately 2:30p.m. on March 7, where the brain-dead patient generously donated their heart, liver, two kidneys, four blood vessels, 14 tendons, and two cartilages.

Utilizing these organs, the hospital successfully conducted a heart transplant for a 53-year-old woman with end-stage heart failure in Bac Giang province, a liver transplant for a 33-year-old man with biliary cysts in Ninh Binh province, and a kidney transplant for a 42-year-old man with end-stage chronic renal failure in Hai Phong city. The remaining kidney was transplanted to a 48-year-old male patient also located in Hai Phong city, as reported by Prof. Nghia.

This marks the ninth instance where a brain-dead patient from Bac Giang has chosen to donate their organs, solidifying its position as the leading province in Vietnam for the highest number of organ donors after brain death.

Since the first organ and tissue donation from a brain-dead patient in 2010, there have been 100 families who have agreed to donate their loved one's organs when suffering from traumatic or other diseases at the hospital. From 100 brain-dead donors, Viet Duc University Hospital’s doctors have successfully performed 50 heart, 83 liver, 157 kidney, six lung transplants and many other tissue transplants.

According to statistics from the National Coordination Centre for Human Organ Transplantation, 170,000 people nationwide have registered to donate organs and tissues. Nationally, in the past 13 years, there have been about 150 cases of brain death from organ donation, this is a very small number compared to the number of brain-dead people statistically at medical facilities nationwide.

According to Prof. Giang, the biggest challenge of transplants in Vietnam is not the technical difficulty, but the scarcity of sources of organs and tissues.

Currently, 95% of organ transplants in the country were conducted from living donors, and only 5% were from brain-dead donors.

“The demand for organ transplants is huge in Vietnam. In addition to Viet Duc University Hospital, only 50 organ transplants have been performed in other medical facilities, bringing the country’s total number of cases to nearly 150, a very modest number. There are many patients that have died and can't wait until they have organs for transplant,” said Prof. Giang.

Over the past 30 years, Vietnam has had more than 6,500 successful organ transplants, including more than 6,000 kidneys, 384 liver and 59 heart transplants. Vietnam currently has 16 kidneys, five livers and three heart transplant facilities.

Source: VNA