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Two offer lung donation to save Covid 19-hit British pilot
  • By Nam Phuong | dtinews.vn | May 13, 2020 08:14 PM
Two Vietnamese people have expressed their willingness to donate part of their lung to help save a Covid-19-infected British pilot who is in critical condition.

According to the HCM City Department of Health, the pilot or Vietnam’s Covid-19 Patient 91 staying at HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases still has to use dialysis and ventilator.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health has considered a lung transplant for the 43-year-old pilot who has the medical history of catactrophe.

A 40-year-old woman asked the centre for more detailed information about the possible lung transplant for the British man, saying that if it is accepted, she was ready to donate a lung.

According to the woman, she is a lucky person with a happy family. She has received a lot of help from other people. She wanted to use the donation as a way to express her deep gratitude to what she has.

She also praised the government’s great efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

A veteran in Dak Nong Province also phoned the centre to ask whether he could be eligible to become a lung donor for the pilot. “I am proud of what Vietnam has done to battle the pandemic. The country has seen no fatalities because of the virus,” he said.

Nguyen Hoang Phuc, deputy director of the centre, said that their goodwill was a huge motivating force for the health sector. The lung transplant for the pilot is still under consideration, however, the lung sourced from a dead-brain donor would be prioritised when surgery is decided.

Phuc noted that over the recent years, the number of people registering for organ donation has been on the rise in Vietnam, reaching nearly 33,500. Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, many sent their registration through post.

So far this year, the centre has received organ donations from around 10 dead-brain donors, a rise against previous years.

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