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New lease of life for donations of organs (3)

By Shan Juan  (China Daily)

08:35, November 21, 2011

The Red Cross offered to help the donor's family.

"We set up a special fund to deliver humanitarian support to needy donor families," said Xu Jun, who heads the Wuxi Red Cross Society.

Specifically, they help deal with the donor's medical bill and funeral costs and give 40,000 yuan to help the family financially, he said.

"We have to make sure that organ donation doesn't negatively affect the donor family's financial situation," said Huang.

"The entire process is consistent with international ethics and standards," he stressed.

Xu agreed and said he noted a real interest among the public.

"Donors and their families deserve a helping hand, particularly when the nation's welfare and social security programs remain limited."

A survey involving 606 college students in Wuhan and Guangzhou showed that 34 percent want to be organ donors.

"China has a large pool of potential donors to tap into," Xu said. But only 10,000 out of 1.5 million patients waiting for transplants annually get them as there is an acute organ shortage.

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