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donation organ canaries

Organ donation in The Canaries
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How to become an organ donor?
Health recalls on National Transplant Day the importance of organ donation and thanks the 125 donors for their generosity to save or improve the quality of life of other people

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, on the occasion of the commemoration today of the National Transplant Day, recalls the importance of organ and tissue donation to save or improve the quality of life of people who need a transplant. The professionals of the reference hospitals of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) carried out, during 2022, a total of 174 organ transplants, of which 123 were kidney, 1 pancreas, 22 heart and 28 liver, thanks to the generosity of 79 deceased and six living donors.

By hospitals, a total of 62 kidney transplants and 1 pancreatic transplant were registered at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands; 28 of liver in the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and 61 of kidney in the Insular-Materno Infantil University Hospital Complex of the Canary Islands. At the Dr. Negrín University Hospital, 22 heart transplants were performed during 2022.

During 2022, donations were registered by 125 people. Of this total of donations, 79 correspond to people who died of brain death, forty were made in asystole and six were from living donors.

These data represent a new record in organ and tissue donors in the Canary Islands with a rate of 54.83 donors per million inhabitants, a figure that is above the national average found at 46.3 donors p.m.p.

The SCS thanks the donors and their families for the altruistic, supportive and generous gesture of the donation that allows a second chance to patients with no other possibility of curing their disease than a transplant.

In the continuous search for excellence, inherent and required of any health system, especially public, with the aim of offering the best transplant possibilities, the SCS is advancing to implement in the Autonomous Community the lung transplant program at the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, probably throughout the year 2023, thus avoiding the transfer of patients who require these surgical techniques to peninsular territory.

Call for solidarity

Despite the satisfaction of these results, the SCS continues to encourage citizens to maintain these donation rates, one of the highest in the world. The gesture of deciding to donate the organs can save the life of a person who at that time has no other therapeutic option than to perform a transplant, so the commemoration of National Transplant Day is a good occasion to reiterate the call to patients and relatives to decide to donate organs and tissues.

How to become a donor

The donor card expresses the willingness to donate but has no legal value. Therefore, in addition to requesting this card, it is very important that the donor communicates to the family his desire so that it is respected. This means that at the time of death, if you could be an organ donor, the family will have to sign the consent to proceed with the extraction.

The card can be obtained through the National Transplant Organization (ONT) and patient associations. It is essential to communicate this decision to family and friends.

Currently, to facilitate organ donation, the person who wishes to be a donor can make an Advance Manifestation of Will (AVM), a document that contains the instructions and options that must be respected by the health personnel who attend to the grantor on the care and treatment of their health; the provisions regarding the destination of your body and the donation of organs and tissues.

The MAV can be carried out before the officials of the Ministry of Health or before any notary belonging to the Notarial College of the Canary Islands, once the relevant authorization is obtained, according to the agreement established between the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Notarial College of the Canary Islands.
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Is the same stipulation in place as with blood donation? If you were in the UK between 1980 - 1996, you are exempt due to the risk of passing on mad cow disease.
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I never thought about that Classic! I'm well aware of the blood donor restriction but hadn't followed through in my mind about organ donation - I'll have to find someone I can ask! That'll be an interesting conversation Big Grin
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