February 8, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

In a month, the number of donors in Greece increased by 14%

Tragedies involving young people in Greece have recently become more frequent. Broken by grief, parents, however, find the strength to donate the organs of their deceased child to those who are in dire need of it.

The organs of a 6-year-old child from Grevena, a 16-year-old from Ilia, a 22-year-old amateur footballer from Patras give life to people waiting on an endless list of transplants. Donation can safely be called majestic acts that change the dynamics in a long-suffering and vulnerable area of ​​u200bu200bhuman life …

According to the data of the National Transplant Organization ΕΟΜ (Εθνικού Οργανισμού Μεταμοσχεύσεων), the past year 2022 ended with a five-year record in the number of organ donors – 70 people were registered. The Greek hospitals Attikon in Attica and Papanikolaou in Thessaloniki are becoming leaders in supporting organ donation and finding suitable donors.

In 2021, there were 52 organ donors, in the pandemic 2020 even fewer – 48, in 2019 – 61, and in 2018 their number was 45. Of last year’s 70 donors, 10 cases (14.3% of the total) were registered in December.

Nevertheless, Greece ranks last among European countries in terms of transplantation and is among the last ten in the world. Approximately 1350 patients in our country are patiently waiting for a compatible transplant, hoping for a “gift of life”. More than 1,200 people are waiting for a kidney transplant and 11,500 are on dialysis. The waiting time for a kidney transplant in Greece is 8.8 years, while in Spain, for example, it does not exceed 12 months.

Every year in our country, 4-5 donors per million of the population are registered, that is, approximately 50 donors, and an average of 120 transplantations of parenchymal organs are performed. Portugal, which has a population comparable to that of Greece, has 200 donors and 700 organ transplants every year, writes edition of newsbreak.gr.

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