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New lease of life for donations of organs (4)

By Shan Juan  (China Daily)

08:35, November 21, 2011

He also pointed out that work behind the scenes, such as detecting and organizing donations, requires more helpers and funding.

Huang said that the government is making arrangements to deal with this.

The new regulations will also tighten rules regarding donations by living donors, he said.

For example, in a standard transplant more than half of the donor's liver will be taken out but scientific study shows that more than 30 percent of donors develop complications that can lead to death.

Between 2001 and 2006, the ministry recorded at least five deaths of otherwise healthy donors after liver transplants.

Some organ traffickers and hospitals cooperate to produce fake documents to claim a "blood" relationship between a living donor and recipient to allow the surgery to take place.

The new regulation will stipulate that any relationship claimed has to be verified, Huang said.

Previous reports said transplants by living donors peaked around 2008 when they accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total on the mainland.

Supervision and management of transplant centers and surgeons will also be further strengthened, Huang said.

"A special registration and management system of transplant surgeons will be set up," he added.

So far, seven transplant centers have been disqualified and eight doctors have had their licenses revoked for violations, statistics showed.

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