Man gets eight organ transplants

By Jia Xu, China Daily/Asia News Network

A man is recovering in hospital after undergoing transplant surgery on eight abdominal organs, reported on Tuesday. He is the second man in Asia to undergo such extensive surgery of 13 hours which involved replacing the pancreas, spleen, duodenum, intestines, stomach, colon, and appendix in Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan province. The organ recipient Hong Delong (alias), 38, caught a cold last September and started to suffer abdominal pain. He went to the doctors in November where he was diagnosed with portal vein thrombosis.

Hong was sent to the operating room on Dec. 31 by He Zhijun, chief surgeon of The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central China University. “It’s the first whole organ transplanting case in our hospital, we did it based on one past single transplanting experience, and we made it,” said an excited He. The operation is estimated to cost about 500,000 yuan (US$75,375), yet Hong got it for free due to the hospital initiation project policy. Hong is the second man to successfully survive the whole abdomen organ-replacement, which also marks the advancement of Chinese organ transplantations.