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FV Hospital to provide free corneal transplant surgeries

Released at: 11:19, 30/10/2017

FV Hospital to provide free corneal transplant surgeries

Photo: Hong Nhung (VET)

Hospital working with leading global ophthalmologist to help poor Vietnamese patients.

by Khanh Chi

FV Hospital announced on October 28 that it will partner with Dr. Donald Tan to provide free corneal transplants to three Vietnamese patients. FV Hospital has carried out charitable surgical programs on a regular basis but this is the first time it has established a charitable corneal transplant program to share in social responsibility and help vision-impaired people.

Patients will not only receive a transplant from Dr. Tan, the world’s leading ophthalmic professor, but also receive special care at FV Hospital, accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the leading healthcare accreditation with rigorous international standards in quality and patient safety.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Mai, FV’s Head of Ophthalmology, and FV Hospital’s nursing team have previously gone to Vinh Chau in the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang province to conduct examinations on corneas. After establishing the facts and comparing many sources, the team eventually confirmed that there are special circumstances in need of support.

Dr. Tan will soon perform three transplants on the same day. Two patients will receive free corneas and surgical and hospital fees. One will receive a free cornea and receive a 30 per cent discount on the surgical and hospital fees. A fourth will also receive free treatment, but not until January.

The total cost of these corneal transplants is about $44,000, while Dr. Tan’s services would normally run to $17,600. FV Hospital will cover hospital expenses and meals, as well as the travel and accommodation costs of the patients, which total about $17,600. The program also received funding from Asia Cornea Foundation in Singapore and eye drops from the Santen Pharmaceutical Company in Japan and Kamala in Ho Chi Minh City.

The collaboration between FV Hospital and Dr. Tan has contributed to the reduction of corneal blindness among underprivileged patients in Vietnam.

FV was selected by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to support it in developing all-round healthcare standards for Vietnam. The ministry has allowed the hospital to import corneas as well as granted a practice license to Dr. Tan’s corneal transplantations at the hospital. Corneal sources for patients are imported from major corneal banks in the US and Singapore, which have the world’s best treatment and preservation of donated corneas.

Dr. Tan is the President of the World Corneal Society and Senior Partner of Eye & Retinal Surgeons (ERS), a private ophthalmic group in Singapore. He also formed the Asia Cornea Society (ACS) and the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA), dedicated to developing new treatment methods to mitigate corneal blindness. He ranks among the leading international doctors in the field of advanced corneal transplantation and refractive surgeries.

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