Doctors of Military Hospital 103 have successfully performed two bowel transplants with the support of Japanese experts. (Photo: courtesy of hospital)
The operations were conducted on October 27 & 28 by doctors of Military Hospital 103 and their colleague from Japan’s Tohoku University Hospital, Quyet said at a press briefing in Hanoi.
The first patient, a 42-year-old man, received a healthy bowel from his younger brother, 40, while the second patient, Lo Van T., 26, received a bowel from his mother, 47.
Both patients had suffered from impaired bowel function following surgery years ago and they were required to undergo surgery.
After surgery, both bowel donors are in stable health condition. The two transplanted patients are receiving intensive care with their survival indicators being closely monitored by doctors.
Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long on October 31 sent a letter of congratulation to the medical team, saying the success demonstrates the professional capacity of Vietnamese doctors in performing complicated and difficult surgery./.