Sys­tem for or­gan donors tested

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION | HK - By HOU LIQIANG and WANG QINGYUN

China’s com­put­er­ized or­gan- al­lo­ca­tion sys­tem was used suc­cess­fully for the first time in Bei­jing on Tues­day, as do­nated or­gans from a 47- year- old man were trans­planted into three pa­tients on Tues­day.

The donor died on Dec 7 from a cere­bral hem­or­rhage in a sub­ur­ban Bei­jing hos­pi­tal.

“When he was alive, he once said that he hoped he could help other peo­ple con­tinue their lives af­ter he died,” said a fam­ily mem­ber of the donor who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied.

The do­nated or­gans were the liver and both kid­neys, all go­ing to pa­tients wait­ing for trans­plants at Pek­ing Univer­sity Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal.

“The trans­plant surg­eries were suc­cess­ful, and the three re­cip­i­ents are in good con­di­tion,” said Zhu Jiye, di­rec­tor of the liver and gall­blad­der sur­gi­cal depart­ment of the hos­pi­tal, which par­tic­i­pated in the trans­plant surgery.

The liver re­cip­i­ent is a man from the Xinjiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion who was suf­fer­ing from liver fail­ure.

“The or­gan- al­lo­ca­tion sys­tem showed he was the per­son who most needed the or­gan. If he hadn’t re­ceived the liver, he could not have lived for more than seven days,” Zhu told China Daily.

It is the first time in Bei­jing that do­nated or­gans were al­lo­cated by the China Or­gan Trans­plant Re­sponse Sys­tem and trans­planted to pa­tients in need, ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal news re­lease. Pre­vi­ously, it is more like a hos­pi­tal­based or­gan al­lo­ca­tion.

The China Or­gan Trans­plant Re­sponse Sys­tem is a na­tion­wide com­put­er­based or­gan al­lo­ca­tion sys­tem that aims to fairly dis­trib­ute the or­gans of a donor af­ter death. The sys­tem be­gan ear­lier this year, and some do­nated or­gans al­ready have been trans­planted to pa­tients in other cities.

Zhu said the do­nated or­gans went to three pa­tients in his hos­pi­tal be­cause “the sys­tem al­lo­cated the or­gans ac­cord­ing to pri­or­ity of lo­ca­tion, the de­gree of emer­gency and the de­gree to which the or­gans match the pa­tients”.

Cur­rently, 300,000 to 500,000 peo­ple in China were wait­ing for kid­ney trans­plants, Zhu said.

“If rel­a­tives of those who are brain- dead agree to do­nate the vic­tims’ or­gans, it would help a lot to re­lieve the short­age,” he said.

“This case set a very good ex­am­ple for rel­a­tives of those peo­ple who are brain-dead and will help a lot to change peo­ple’s minds about do­nat­ing or­gans af­ter their death.”

Many peo­ple die while wait­ing for or­gan trans­plants be­cause of the short­age of or­gan sources, said Gao Jie, a doc­tor in the liver and gall­blad­der sur­gi­cal depart­ment of Pek­ing Univer­sity Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal.

“I hope the suc­cess­ful trans­plants from peo­ple who are brain- dead can make more peo­ple will­ing to do­nate or­gans,” Gao added. Con­tact the writ­ers at houliqiang@chi­nadaily. and wangqingyun@ chi­

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