Doctors still monitoring man after Vietnam’s first heart-lung transplant

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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A photo provided by Hue Central Hospital shows a doctor checking on a patient after a heart-lung transplant on July 20, 2015. A photo provided by Hue Central Hospital shows a doctor checking on a patient after a heart-lung transplant on July 20, 2015.

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Doctors in Hue have performed the country’s first ever heart-lung transplant on a 40-year-old man who received the organs from a donor from Ho Chi Minh City.
The man suffered heart failure and had a surgery last year, but it did not fix the problem.
Doctor Bui Duc Phu, director of Hue Central Hospital, said the heart is healthy after the procedure on Monday but oxygen supply to the body remains low.
The donated lungs have been swollen as the donor was put on a respirator for seven days before giving them away. The receiver still has to use respiration support.
"It’s too early to tell if it’s successful. But we have and will try our best to save him," Phu said.
His hospital had sent four doctors to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh on Monday morning to take the organs. They came back to Hue more than three hours later and finished the transplant in one hour.
Phu said the operation was the second heart transplant at the hospital since 2011. It was the first surgical procedure to replace both heart and lungs in the country.
Organs of the donor, who died after a work accident, have been given to five other patients. 

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