Vietnam successfully performs first liver transplant on child patient with late-stage cancer

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Doctors from National Children’s Hospital and 108 Central Military Hospital successfully performed a liver transplant on an 18-month-old girl suffering from malignant hepatoblastoma.

According to Dr. Nguyễn Phạm Anh Hoa, Head of the Department of Hepatology and Dr. Bùi Ngọc Lan, Chief of the Department of Oncology at the National Children’s Hospital, the girl was diagnosed with late stage liver cancer when she was 11 months old. The healthy part of her liver was too small, making it impossible to remove the cancerous tumor from the organ.

After consultation between the two hospitals on May 25, Associate Prof. Dr. Trần Minh Điển, director of the National Children’s Hospital, perform a liver transplant to save the girl.

The donor is her mother, a 41-year-old woman.

dr. Lê Văn Thành, head of the Liver and Pancreatic Surgery Department at the 108 Central Military Hospital, said that despite the complexity of the operation, experienced doctors from the two hospitals managed to successfully perform it on May 29.

The girl recovered two weeks later and was released from the hospital.

Earlier this year, the 108 Central Military Hospital signed an agreement on liver transplant training and technology transfer with the National Children’s Hospital. The operation took place just a few months after the agreement.

This is the first successful liver transplant for a child suffering from liver cancer in Vietnam, opening hope for children suffering from the disease. — Vietnam News/Asia News Network

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