The family of a 32-year-old brain-dead man in Phu Tho Province, northern Vietnam decided to donate his organs to give life to four other people.
The heart of the man, who was declared brain dead after a traffic accident, was given to a patient suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure for 13 years at the Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam.
Meanwhile, his liver and two kidneys helped save the lives of three other patients undergoing treatment at the Hanoi-based Viet Duc University Hospital, the hospital said on Tuesday.
The health of the four recipients is now stable.
The man, D.V.T., residing in Luong Son Commune, Yen Lap District, Phu Tho Province, was healthy before he got into a traffic accident while returning home from work.
His family rushed him to a hospital in Yen Lap District and later transferred him to the Viet Duc University Hospital.
As he could not survive, the Organ Transplantation Center under the Viet Duc University Hospital called on the man’s family to donate his organs to save other people.
Suppressing the pain of losing his son, T.’s father and only family member then, agreed to donate his organs to save seriously-ill patients.
Earlier, T.’s older brother also died in a traffic accident when he was 16 years old. His mother passed away over a year ago.
On July 6, a special flight from Hanoi to Thua Thien-Hue operated by local airline Bamboo Airways made headlines on social networks as it was delayed for 23 minutes to wait for a heart to be sent to a transplant recipient in need.
In particular, 159 passengers on board were glad to wait for 23 minutes to fly with the heart, which belonged to T..
Earlier, the National Coordinating Center for Human Organ Transplantation allocated T.’s heart to a patient at the Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province.
As the removal of the donor’s heart and other organs took longer than expected, Bamboo Airways was notified and chose to delay the flight in order to wait for the heart.
After finishing the organ removal, a group of doctors from the Hue Central Hospital quickly brought the heart from the Viet Duc University Hospital to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi where they boarded the flight to Thua Thien-Hue.
As soon as the flight landed in Thua Thien-Hue, the heart was unloaded from the aircraft first and transported by an ambulance to the Hue Central Hospital.
After a one-hour transplant surgery, T.’s heart was beating again in the recipient.