Fifteen patients in Serbia have received liver transplant so far this year. Until just a few years ago, on average, between one and three persons donated their liver.
Although the situation has drastically improved, there are still not enough organ donors in Serbia as there are currently 2,000 people on the waiting list for cornea, kidney, heart or some other organ transplant.
Doctor Nataša Petrović, from the Clinical Centre of Serbia’s Emergency Centre’s Transplantation Team, says that the increase in the number of donors was partly due to the amendments to the Law on the Transplantation of Human Organs and numerous campaigns aimed at changing the civil awareness of this problem.
“Changed laws, media campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of donating organs have significantly improved the situation. More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of organ transplantation. There is an increasing number of families who give their consent to organ donation after their loved one passes away. However, the problem is that in smaller health care institutions, brain death is often not recognized immediately, which means that valuable times is being lost”, says Dr Petrović.
Patients on the transplant list are ranked by the severity of their disease, but also by many other health factors.
“Transplant operations are being done in Clinical Centre of Serbia, the general hospitals in Nis and Novi Sad, and at the Military Medical Academy. The operational capacity of our Emergency Centre is substantial and we can do even more transplant operations. However, the number of donors is still insufficient”, she adds.
In the last five years, a total of 45 liver transplants have been carried out, while 30 patients are currently on the waiting list for this organ.
LONGEST WAITING LIST FOR KIDNEYS
The longest waiting list is the one for kidney transplant, with more than 700 people on it. According to the statistics of the Biomedicine Administration, about 160,000 donor cards have been signed since the beginning of the year, which has pushed Serbia to higher up on the donor map.
(Vecernje Novosti, 10.12.2018)
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