Wednesday 24 January 2018

Heart-death donors boost transplants

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A GROWING number of transplant organs are now harvested from heart-death donors, it has emerged.

Most organ donations continue to be from brainstem dead donors.

But organs can also be donated from donors within a few minutes of the heart stopping.

Mark Murphy of the Irish Kidney Association said the potential to expand on this kind of donation is huge.

He said: "Eleven other European countries also use cardiac death donors."

Thanks to the generosity of the families of 93 deceased organ donors last year, Ireland ranked in 10th place throughout Europe for rate of donation.

Irish Independent

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