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WDH: Organ Donations at the Lowest Level in 20 Years | News

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

(Repeat: Other reference numbers in the third paragraph.) FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) – Organ donations in Germany have fallen to their lowest level in 20 years. In the current year of 2017, the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation (DSO) expects around 1,500 fewer organs than in 2010, as announced at the annual meeting of the nationwide coordination office on Friday. A few years ago, irregularities in the allocation of donor organs reduced the willingness to donate. Doctors had made their patients feel sicker than they actually were to climb up the list of potential recipients. Before the scandal, willingness to donate organs was significantly higher: in 2010, some 4200 organs were removed and transplanted from 1296 donors , By the end of October, 680 donors had donated 2,200 organs this year; Living donations are not included in this statistic. By the end of the year, it will be extrapolated to about 1,500 donated organs less than in 2010, it was said by the DSO. At the same time, currently more than 10,000 seriously ill patients are waiting for a life-saving transplant. "The situation is deeply worrying," said DSO Medical Director Axel Rahmel. "From year to year fewer patients can be helped with a transplant." He calls for a Community initiative plan to promote organ donation: "The time for individual initiatives is over." The DSO hopes that the topic of organ donation will always be discussed when the doctor talks to the patient or his family about end-of-life treatment strategies. /sat/DP/stb

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