Vietnam performs first liver transplant with a brain-dead donor

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Vietnam has conducted its first-ever liver transplant using an organ from a brain-dead donor in Hanoi, Viet Duc University Hospital's representative said on Sunday.

The male patient, 46, from the northern province of Dien Bien, has regained consciousness after the surgery on Saturday and is now in a stable condition, the hospital's director Nguyen Tien Quyet said.

The hospital on Friday performed two kidney transplants also from brain-dead donors after the first of its kind was conducted successfully on May 9, local news website VnMedia reported.

According to Quyet, over the past two weeks they had performed six kidney transplants.

Some 23,000 people in Vietnam with liver cancer and cirrhosis are currently in need of liver transplants, while between 5,000-6,000 people with chronic kidney failure need kidney transplants, local newspaper Tuoi Tre reported.

However, n large part, due to the shortage of donated organs, very few receive transplants, it said.

Although laws allow organ donation from people who are brain dead, the Vietnamese believe that the dead must be buried with all their organs, leading to a lack of supply and wasted organs, experts said.

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