A Vietnamese man who became brain dead after a traffic accident has saved the lives of five women with his donated organs.
The 43-year-old donor, from the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, sustained traumatic brain injury after the accident when he was commuting in the neighboring province of Dong Nai on April 5.
The victim was declared brain dead shortly after being rushed to the Dong Nai General Hospital.
As brain death is considered legal death in Vietnam, his family members made an informed decision to donate the man’s organs for patients in need.
Doctors from the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s leading institution in organ transplant, arrived in Dong Nai the same day to receive the donated organs, including his heart, kidneys and corneas.
Transplant surgeries were done the same evening to save a female patient with myocardial dilation, a kind of heart failure, and two female patients with end-stage renal disease.
Two other female patients with corneal ulcer also received corneal transplants at a later date, saving their vision.
All organ recipients have recovered from their respective operations and are in stable health, Cho Ray doctors said at a press briefing on Friday.
Relatives of the patients who received the organs also paid respect to the donor at the meeting.