HCMC establishes paediatric organ transplant centre

(VOV) - Children’s Hospital 2 Director Ha Manh Tuan on September 5 confirmed that as a result of the tremendous success of the hospital’s transplant surgeries over the past 10 years a specialty organ transplant centre is planned for the city.

Speaking at the 10th anniversary since the first liver graft surgery ten years ago, Tuan noted the hospital’s doctors have successfully conducted 12 kidney and 8 liver transplants.

Associate Professor Luong Ngoc Khue in turn confirmed 20 successful recent transplants have been encouraging, however he cautioned that children organ transplantation in Vietnam still faces difficulties and challenges.

In Vietnam, the first child liver graft surgery was jointly conducted by surgeons from the Military Medical Academy and Hospital 103 in 2003, subsequently the first kidney transplant was carried out in May 2004.

Children’s Hospital 2 conducted its first kidney transplant in June 2004 and first liver transplant in December 2005 with the support of Belgian experts.