Spain leads world in number of organ donations

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2 August 2006, MADRID – Spain leads the world in terms of the number of organ donations made, with 35.1 donors per million inhabitants.

2 August 2006

MADRID – Spain leads the world in terms of the number of organ donations made, with 35.1 donors per million inhabitants.

The department of health and consumers said on Wednesday that almost a fifth (18 percent) of organ donations carried out in the European Union take place in Spain.

It took its figures from the European Council’s Commission for Transplants.

The EU average is only 18.8 donors per million inhabitants and despite a four percent growth that is not enough to meet the needs of European health systems.

This year, only 57.5 percent of necessary transplants will be carried out.

In Spain, four percent more transplants were carried out last year, a total of 3,828.

The most common transplants in Spain are kidney transplants – a total of 2,197 were carried out last year (a rise of 3.4 percent on the previous year).

A total of 1,070 liver transplants were performed, 287 heart transplants, 167 lung transplants, 96 pancreas transplants and 12 intestinal transplants.

The number of live organ donors rose in Spain, from 61 to 85 kidney transplants, and 18 to 24 liver transplants.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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