OKAYAMA – Okayama University Hospital said Tuesday it has successfully conducted a lung transplant operation on a 6-year-old boy at a hospital in Vietnam, the first such surgery in the Southeast Asian country.
According to the team of respiratory surgeons and anesthesiologists, lung lobes from the boy’s father and a male relative were transplanted into the boy.
The boy suffers from cystic fibrosis, a disease that leads to respiratory failure. The boy was reported to be in a stable condition after the surgery.
The team, headed by professor Takahiro Oto, will continue to monitor his condition with members taking turns staying in Vietnam.
“We were able to fulfill a great responsibility on behalf of Japan,” Oto said. “We believe we performed a 100 percent (successful) operation.”
The Okayama University team performed the surgery at the request of the Vietnamese government due to its expertise in the field.
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