Organ-tissue center to boost Vietnam transplant practice: expert

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A center that has been set up to coordinate organ and tissue donations and transplants will hopefully improve organ transplant practices in Vietnam, a health expert has said.

Nguyen Tien Quyet, director of Viet Duc Hospital, where the center is based, was quoted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying it maintains databases of donors and people identified by doctors for organ transplants.

When matching are found, people would receive them without any discrimination, he promised.

Authorities expect the center, opened last month end, to improve the practice of organ transplants in Vietnam, where it is still limited and far from meeting demand, he said.

Since Vietnam recorded its first successful kidney transplant 21 years ago, doctors have performed more than 800 others, though some 6,000 with kidney diseases are still awaiting surgery.

Around 1,500 others are waiting for liver transplants, but so far only 45 have been done in the country, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

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Most of the transplants were done using organs donated by living people though the law allows donation by brain dead people.

There is a reluctance in Vietnam to donate dead people's organs since there is a strong belief that people must be "intact" when they are buried.

"But to donate your organs is a humane act and saves others," Quyet said.

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