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New lease of life for donations of organs (2)

By Shan Juan  (China Daily)

08:35, November 21, 2011

Wang Ping, director of the relief and health department at the Red Cross Society of China, told China Daily that they are now working to scale up the system.

"Also, we're waiting for the revised organ transplant regulation, which would give full legal footing for the Red Cross Society to be involved in organ donations," he said.

According to Huang, a revised version of the regulation, which was first issued in 2007, will soon be publicized, though no timetable was given.

Under the new regulation, Red Cross responsibility will include donation promotion, donor registration, witnessing donations, organ allocation and donor family support, he said.

A new clause, stating that citizens are encouraged to agree to donate in case of death, will be added.

Tian Bingrong, 64, in Wuxi said that without organ donation he would not have survived the year.

Tian had pneumoconiosis, a lung disease usually caused by inhaling coal dust over a long period, for more than 20 years. He can now breathe freely again after a lung transplant at the Wuxi People's Hospital on Nov 2, said the hospital's deputy director Chen Jingyu. The surgery cost Tian at least 300,000 yuan ($47,000).

According to Chen, the donor was a 17-year-old migrant worker who died in a traffic accident. His family decided to donate the young man's organs to help save the lives of others.

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