The European Day of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, which will take place on Saturday, aims to draw attention to the importance of posthumous organ and tissue donation for the purpose of treatment. The Slovenija-transplant Institute therefore encourages active identification.
The share of actively defined in Slovenia is low, even though the definition is simple.
Too few people are aware of the simple procedure for defining a donation electronically through the e-administration portal. With a valid digital certificate, people over the age of 15 can decide for or against donation easily and quickly, in less than two minutes. So far, 12,510 people have identified themselves in the national register, of which 69 people have spoken out against donation, the director of Slovenia-transplant emphasized at the press conference before the day of donation and transplantation of organs and tissues Andrej Gadzhiev.
“If the person did not decide during his life, we ask the relatives about the permission to donate organs. And this question follows after the reported death. The question is most often unexpected. If you do not discuss it before, such a conversation is extremely demanding for the relatives, because they are in the process initial severe mourning, and at such a moment it is difficult for them to make a rational decision. However, if the will of the deceased is known, the decision of the relatives is easy.” Gadžijev emphasized.
He also emphasizes that the working conditions have finally somewhat normalized this year after two grueling Covid-19 years. By the end of September, a total of 69 brain deaths were confirmed, of which 36 deceased became organ donors, which is much more than last year in the same period of time. After the successful detection, the UKC Maribor donor center stands out this year.
Relatives agree to donation in 66 percent of cases
The rate of consent of relatives for donation is 66 percent. This year, 930 people registered in the national register of identified persons regarding organ donation after death by the end of September, which is 244 more than in the same period in 2021, Slovenia-transplant points out.
Without voluntary donation, there is no treatment with transplantation, which today is an extremely successful method and the only solution and treatment option for many diseases that lead to organ failure, emphasizes the head of the Center for Transplantation Activity at UKC Ljubljana Ivan Kneževič.
“Until September, we transplanted 95 organs in our transplant center, including 45 kidneys, 20 hearts, 14 livers, 15 lungs and 1 pancreas. This year’s results are better than last year,” added Kneževič and emphasized that with the advancement of medicine in the field of treating diseases that can otherwise lead to organ failure over the years, and with the aging of the population, the need for organs for transplantation is increasing.
155 patients are waiting for an organ transplant
According to the institute’s data, there were 155 patients on the waiting list on Tuesday, of which 61 for heart, 78 for kidney and 14 for liver transplants. Five patients are waiting for a new lung, and one for a pancreas. The average waiting time for a heart transplant is 240 days (55 days for emergency transplants), about 350 days for a kidney, 108 days for a liver, and 179 days for a lung.
The experts also emphasized the importance of cooperation with the international organ exchange network Eurotransplant. At the end of 2021, there were 13,640 patients on the total waiting list of Eurotransplant.
The opening of the photo exhibition My Scar, My Life, which was prepared by the Slovenian Society Transplant in cooperation with Slovenia-transplant, was also held at UKC today. Member of the association Anja Garbajs he points out that the artworks of post-transplant people show their life force and optimism, and adds that the message of the exhibition is simple – become a donor and maybe one day you will save a life.