FV Hospital’s Medical Manager Gerard Desvignes said that the time for operation will be announced on January 6. McKinnon will be the main surgeon.
Dr. McKinnon, who is well-known for successfully treating similar tumor cases, visited and examined Hai at the FV Hospital shortly after he arrived at the Tan Son Nhat Airport in the morning January 3.
According to the American doctor, Hai is now in better health and no longer suffers lung problems, so his condition could satisfy all requirements for the coming surgery. However, he acknowledged that the success rate of this operation is about 50 percent.
Hai was transferred to FV on December 27 from HCM City Tumor Hospital, which failed to meet the conditions for his surgery.
Earlier, the surgery was planned on November 18, with a Vietnamese – American surgeon team led by Dr. McKinnon performing the operation. However, it was canceled due to Hai’s worsening health condition.
Having successfully treated many giant tumors in his 30-year career, particularly one of a similar size to Hai’s on an American woman in Michigan in 1999, Dr. McKinnon said he is positive about the chance of success for the surgery, which could reach 50 percent or more.