Save some­one: Turk­ish or­gan donors leave be­hind a legacy of life

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

AC­CORD­ING to the data of the Turk­ish Trans­plant Co­or­di­na­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, Turkey ranks among the first three coun­tries in live trans­plants be­cause it is a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced coun­try in terms of field ex­pe­ri­ence.

How­ever, around 2 mil­lion peo­ple in the world, in­clud­ing over 25,000 peo­ple in Turkey, are on wait­ing lists for or­gan trans­plants. Un­for­tu­nately, about 10 per­cent of these pa­tients pass away each year be­fore hav­ing ac­cess to a match­ing or­gan.

Although the num­ber of or­gan donors in­crease ev­ery year, or­gan do­na­tion is still not enough in Turkey. Only 25 per­cent of the fam­i­lies whose rel­a­tives are dis­eased agree to do­nate or­gans.

Con­sid­er­ing that ev­ery year up to 5,000 new peo­ple are added to the or­gan trans­plant list, Turkey needs at least 25 or­gan donors per mil­lion a year. Although the coun­try is far from this goal, ev­ery year, more and more peo­ple are be­com­ing aware of the im­por­tance of be­com­ing or­gan donors. Let’s not for­get: We might be in need of an or­gan one day as well.

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