Trans­plant surg­eries may set a record

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The to­tal num­ber of or­gan trans­plant surg­eries per­formed in China is ex­pected to reach 15,000 this year, which would be a record high and an in­crease of nearly 50 per­cent over last year.

After the abol­ish­ment of procur­ing or­gans for trans­plant from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers since the be­gin­ning of last year, the num­ber of or­gans do­nated after death has in­creased rapidly, se­nior of­fi­cials and ex­perts said.

The surgery to­tals in­clude trans­plants us­ing or­gans from liv­ing donors.

China stopped us­ing or­gans from ex­e­cuted pris­on­ers on Jan 1 last year, when vol­un­tary do­na­tions be­came the only le­gal source for trans­plants.

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