3,600 sleepless hours spent by Vietnam's first multiorgan-transplant surgeon

Mr Phan Thai Huyen


VietNamNet Bridge - Two years have elapsed since the first multi-organ transplant surgery was conducted in Vietnam, but Lt. Gen. Hoang Manh An, director of Military Hospital 103, the main surgeon who carried out the historic operation, still sounds tense when speaking about it.

On March 3, 2014, the Military Hospital 103 carried out a multiorgan (pancreas and kidney) transplant surgery, the first of its kind in Vietnam. This was praised as historic progress in Vietnam’s healthcare development, which showed Vietnam’s organ transplant technology was coming closer to the world’s level.

Vietnam had previously only performed single-organ transplants.

The patient chosen for the operation was Phan Thai Huyen, who suffered from diabetes with complications to the kidney. He had biological indicators suitable to the organ donor. Continue reading
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