Chinese patients being denied surgeries due to lack of transplant organs

08:25, July 19, 2010      

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Only one percent of Chinese patients in need of certain transplant surgeries receive donated organs, according to a statement issued at a press conference on Saturday in Tianjin.

The press conference was hosted as part of the fourth athletic games for people having gone through transplant surgeries, which runs from Friday to Sunday in Tianjin.

The Games, sponsored by the Chinese Medical Association, are organized to boost the confidence of recovered transplant patients and to call upon more people to become organ donors, noted medical officials. According to a statement issued at the press conference, China has about 1 million people in need of kidney transplant surgery and 300,000 patients seeking liver transplants each year, but only one percent of them have such surgeries due to the lack of donated organs.

The Red Cross Society of China is responsible for overseeing organ donations and the distribution of these organs.

According to officials, by the end of June 2009, 67,800 people had registered with the Red Cross Society to become organ donors, including 25,100 offering their corneas for transplants following their deaths.

Source: Xinhua


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