Dr. Chau Mo Chee, Elaine

April 2007

 

In Hong Kong the first heart transplant operation was performed at Grantham Hospital in December 1992.  At more than fourteen years after the operation, this first heart transplant recipient is leading a normal and active life.  Since then until December 2006, a total of 77 patients have undergone this life-saving operation.  Two other patients had received combined heart and lung transplantation.  Over the past few years, the number of heart transplants done per year is between and 7 and 12, except in year 2003 when only 5 heart transplants were done because of SARS.  Like other parts of the world, scarcity of suitable donors remains the major limiting factor in expansion of the heart transplant program in Hong Kong. 

 

Dr. Li Chi-Kong

January 2008

 

The principle of HSCT in children is same as adult HSCT, however the disease spectrum and the choice of stem cells is quite different from adult patients. Children are not mini-adults and attaining normal growth and development after HSCT is of great concern to paediatric transplanters. Since the number of children receiving HSCT is still far less than that of adults, paediatric transplant units always have to learn from the experience of adult colleagues especially on the management of complications.

 

Dr. Chau Mo Chee, Elaine

April 2007

 

In Hong Kong the first heart transplant operation was performed at Grantham Hospital in December 1992.  At more than fourteen years after the operation, this first heart transplant recipient is leading a normal and active life.  Since then until December 2006, a total of 77 patients have undergone this life-saving operation.  Two other patients had received combined heart and lung transplantation.  Over the past few years, the number of heart transplants done per year is between and 7 and 12, except in year 2003 when only 5 heart transplants were done because of SARS.  Like other parts of the world, scarcity of suitable donors remains the major limiting factor in expansion of the heart transplant program in Hong Kong. 

Renal Transplantation in Hong Kong
Dr. Matthew KL Tong
August 2006

The first end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient was put on haemodialysis in 1969 and in the same year the first cadaveric renal transplant operation was performed in Hong Kong. Since then, there had been scanty number of renal transplants done every year and it was not until 1980 that the first living-related donor renal transplant was performed. In the year 1980, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) was introduced into Hong Kong and since then the locally prepared glass bottles of peritoneal dialysis solution which carried higher risk of peritonitis gradually disappeared from the hospital wards. In view of the shortage of cadaveric and living-related donors, the first living unrelated renal transplant was performed in 1987. The dedicated wife donated one of her kidneys to her long suffering husband. The couple has been enjoying the fruitful result of a successful renal transplant for the past 19 years.