Two thousand and eighteen was a strong year for organ donation and transplant surgery, according to the HSE’s Organ Donation Transplant Ireland (ODTI). The families of 80 people who died last year gifted the organs of their loved ones; many donated multiple organs. A total of 231 transplants were completed and across the three national transplant centres, 120 kidney, 18 heart, 27 lung, 56 liver and five pancreas surgeries were completed. In addition, living donors gave kidneys to enhance the lives of 37 patients this year. Professor Jim Egan, director of ODTI, expressed admiration and gratitude to those families who elected to donate organs and save the lives of other people in this country. “Following record numbers of transplant in 2017, we have seen a consistently robust rate of organ donation and transplant in 2018. This reflects positively on the generosity of Irish society and the professionalism of the intensive care, theatre, medical and nursing staff. We will continue to champion organ donation because organ donation saves lives.” Double-lung recipient, David Crosby, completed his second marathon in Berlin last September having already run the New York Marathon in 2017. He says he is ever-grateful to his donor and the donor’s family, who have saved his own life.
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