More lung donation offers to save Covid 19-hit British pilot
  • | | May 15, 2020 02:26 PM
More Vietnamese have volunteered to donate pieces of their lung to help save a Covid-19-hit British pilot in Vietnam who remains in critical condition.

According to the Vietnam National Coordinating Centre for Human Organ Transplantation, among these people, the youngest is 35 years old.

Many of them phoned the centre, while others contacted through the centre’s Facebook fanpage.

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 was a lucky person with a happy family. She said she had received a lot of help from other people. She wanted to use the donation as a way to express her deep gratitude for what she has.

Nguyen Hoang Phuc, deputy director of the centre, said that their goodwill was a huge motivating force for the health sector, however, lungs sourced from a dead-brain donor would be prioritised.

On May 12, the health ministry held a meeting with experts from top hospitals and decided that a lung transplant for the pilot would be conducted.

Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital and the Vietnam National Coordinating Centre for Human Organ Transplantation have been assigned to find the suitable organ source for the surgery.

When the patient is tested negative for Covid-19 again and sees improvement, he will be moved to Cho Ray Hospital for the transplant.

The average fees for a lung transplant are VND1.5-2 billion (USD65,217-86,956) or even more, depending on the treatment time after the surgery.

The pilot has been undergoing the treatment at HCM City Hospital for Tropical Dieases for nearly two months and only 10% of his lungs can work now. His condition has become more complicated as the medical history of several diseases such as catactrophe and blood-clotting disorders.

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