The National Organ Transplant Coordination Center reported that a brain-dead person had donated a heart, and doctors from Hue Central Hospital drove to Hanoi overnight to receive the heart and bring it back to the patient.
The recipient of a heart transplant is a 23-year-old male, residing in Phu Vang district, Thua Thien Hue province. He suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, end-stage heart failure, was placed on a defibrillator (ICD) more than a year ago, undergoing intensive medical treatment at Hue Central Hospital to wait for the opportunity to have a heart transplant.
On the evening of January 2, right after receiving information about organ donation from the National Organ Transplant Coordination Center, a team of doctors brought blood samples of the patient to the capital to receive organs. At this time, there were no more flights, the doctors decided to travel by car at night.
On the afternoon of January 3, the heart left the organ donor’s chest at a hospital in Hanoi. The team of doctors in Hue received the heart and was promptly supported by the airline to fly back to Hue to transplant the patient. The same evening, the heart beat again in the chest of the young man. One day after the heart transplant, the patient was extubated, oxygenated through the mask, the vital signs were stable, and the heart function was good.
Professor Pham Nhu Hiep, Director of Hue Central Hospital, said that so far the patient is making positive progress, gradually stabilizing and can be discharged in the next few days.