Doctors of the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City are hosting "honor walks" to recognize a 19-year-old student whose organs will be donated to save other lives. The doctors and nurses stand around the brain-dead donor, clasp their hands together, and bow in silence before entering the organ removal surgery. His 2 kidneys, liver and heart are taken out to save 4 patients’ lives.
Dr. Pham Huu Thien Chi, deputy head of the hospital's Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery Department of HCM City’s Cho Ray Hospital said: “My colleagues and I experienced emotions very quickly and intensely at that moment, however, we told each other to focus and tried our best to preserve all the organs to be donated.”
|The doctors and nurses stand around the brain-dead donor, clasp their hands together, and bow in silence before entering the organ removal surgery
Finally, the two kidneys were transplanted to 2 male patients who had been on dialysis for 9 years; the liver was transplanted for a 39-year-old man with cirrhosis being treated at Cho Ray Hospital, and the heart was selected by the National Coordination Center for a patient at Hue Central Hospital.
In addition to the efforts of doctors, it is impossible not to mention the support of the Ho Chi Minh City Police, and the cooperation of Vietnam Airlines to successfully bring the heart from the hospital to Tan Son Nhat International Airport and onward to Hue Central Hospital.
|The traffic police escort donated organs to hospitals
Senior Colonel Nguyen Van Binh, deputy head of the HCM City Traffic Police Department, said this is the 5th time that the traffic police have cooperated with hospitals to escort donated organs to hospitals.
“We hope that with our small support, the hearts from donors will beat again, their eyes will see this world again. Lives will go on and those people who receive these “wonderful gifts” soon recover and contribute to society. We would like to thank the donors’ family for this humane act,” Binh said.
|A 37-year-old male patient from Nghe An is a receiver
Le Minh Hien is Head of the Social Work Department at Cho Ray Hospital, said: “After surgeons informed the donor’s family that the receiver’s health was good, they felt relieved as a part of their loved one’s body will be reborn and save a life.”
A 37-year-old male patient, from Nghe An is a receiver. For the past 9 years, he has had to go to Cho Ray Hospital 3 times a week for dialysis, experienced extreme tiredness and exhausted his finances. Now, he can live again thanks to this “priceless gift”.
“I appreciate and thank you for giving me such a wonderful gift. This is a humane action, which helps people at the end of the dark tunnel like me find a ray of light in life. I hope that this action could be multiplied so that patients like me could be saved,” he said.