Cao Xuan Hiep, 21, and his sister at a press briefing in Ho Chi Minh City Monday to present Vietnam's first successful blood stem cell transplant. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre
A hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday announced the country's first successful peripheral blood stem cell transplantation on a patient with acute myeloid leukemia.
Cao Xuan Hiep, 21, received the stem cells from his older sister Cao Thi Nguyet, on April 25 and tests have found the transplant cells growing normally in the new body, doctors at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Hematology and Blood Tranfusion said, according to a Tuoi Tre report.
Phu Chi Dung, director of the hospital, said the transplant required no use of antibiotics.
The patient from nearby Dong Nai Province has become stable after more than one month of recovery.
The procedure cost around VND300 million but his insurance covered 70 percent.
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