Holguín, Cuba to Restart Liver Transplant Surgery
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- 12 / 10 / 2008
He recalled that the “Lucia Iñiguez” performed two successful liver transplants in 1992, but halted the service because of the limitations of the special period.
”Made up of twelve professionals of different specialties, including six surgeons, two anaesthetists, medical laboratory, immunology staff and others, the Holguin institution will provide this service to patients from the eastern region”, said Dr Lorenzo.
He also stressed the development of science in Cuba and in particular of transplant surgery, and expressed pride in restarting this surgical procedure, until now being performed only at the Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital, the Medical Research Center and the William Soler Paediatric hospital, in Havana.
Cuba has the most notable results in liver transplants in Latin America, which amount to some 230 since January 26, 1986, when the first transplant was performed in Cuba, with results comparable to developed nations.
Since 1996 to date, the ''Lucia Iñiguez'' hospital has performed 392 kidney transplants, 57 of them during the current year, which ranks this medical institution in the first place nationally in the last five years. / ACN