New record in organ donation in Spain with 19 donors in 24 hours


Spain has again broken a record in the organ donation and transplant system by managing, in less than 24 hours, a total of 19 donors, one of them from international cooperation, which have allowed 38 transplants.

It was on November 29, the month that the Ministry of Health describes as "exceptional", since there were two days in which 15 donors were counted in each of them, compared to the six average daily donors in 2018.

Thanks to the solidarity of the families of the 19 deceased, 38 transplants could be carried out: 23 renal, 10 hepatic, two bipulmonary, two cardiac (one of them infantile) and a combined pancreas-kidney transplant.

Two of the transplants (one liver and one cardiac) have been performed in a "zero emergency" situation, and in the case of kidney transplants, two of the patients were included in the Hyperimmunized Transplant Access Program (PATHI).

In the different operations 27 hospitals from 13 autonomous communities have participated (Andalucía, Aragón, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Cataluña, Castilla y León, Valencian Community, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and the Basque Country) and a French hospital.

In order to carry out this operation, the National Transplant Organization (ONT) has had the collaboration of different public and private organizations, as well as emergency services and civil protection of the communities involved.

Further, eight flights were mobilized to move equipment and organs, five of them in private flights and three in commercial flights, and has involved the participation of twelve airports.

The previous record, which was December 14, 2015, was set at 15 deceased donors and one living kidney donor in less than 24 hours; That day, 38 transplants were also performed.

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