Vietnam's youngest heart transplant patient leaves hospital

Doctors perform the heart transplant surgery on the youngest patient in Vietnam. — VNA/VNS

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Seven-year-old L.X.H, the youngest-ever heart transplant recipient in Vietnam, has been discharged from hospital, according to the Hanoi-based Việt Đức Hospital.

Before the surgery, the child, weighing only 16kg, suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy and end-stage heart failure.

The patient received the heart from a 19-year-old brain-dead donor, with the surgery conducted on Feb 1.

The child’s mother thanked the family of the donor who, she said, has given her child a new life, and the dedication of doctors and nurses of the hospital.

This is the fifth heart transplant performed on a child at the hospital.

Việt Đức has performed five lung, 36 heart, 92 liver, and nearly 1,100 kidney transplants in total so far.

It is the leading centre nationwide for collecting and transplanting organs. All patients are healthy and have returned home.

In March 2017, a 10-year-old boy in Hanoi became the youngest heart transplant patient at that time. After getting the heart from a brain-dead donor, he was discharged successfully. — Vietnam News/Asia News Network

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