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Record 22 organ transplants carried out at Carlos Haya hospital in 12 days

A transplant at the Carlos Haya regional hospital.
A transplant at the Carlos Haya regional hospital. / SUR
  • Surgeons at the Malaga hospital performed 17 kidney transplants and five liver transplants between 16 and 28 April

In ten days of frantic activity, 22 patients at the Carlos Haya regional hospital have received the organ transplant they needed to overcome their chronic illness, thanks to a new record in solidarity.

Between 16 and 28 April, 17 kidney and five liver transplants were carried out thanks to the altruism of families who lost a loved one and authorised their organs to be donated.

As well as the 22 transplants in Malaga, there were a further five in Seville, Cordoba and Valencia. In total 29 organ transplants (19 kidneys, six livers, two hearts and two lungs) were made possible because of the donations.

There were four donations from relatives of patients who died at the Carlos Haya hospital, five from the Clínico Universitario, and one each from the Costa del Sol, Antequera and Torrecárdenas, in Almeria, hospitals.

Of the 12 multiple donations, three were from cases of cardiac arrest (asystole) and nine from brain death. Last year, donations after asystolic death represented 30 per cent of the total registered in the Malaga region. The latest donations mean that 29 patients with advanced chronic conditions now have a second chance and very good prospects for their future health.

Pride and commitment

The transplant coordinator for the Malaga Sector, Domingo Daga, said this week that the 22 transplants which took place between 16 and 28 April were a matter of pride for the Carlos Haya hospital and showed the commitment of the surgeons who carried out the operations.

Dr Daga also thanked the 12 families who had authorised their relatives’ organs to be used. “Thanks to their altruism, 22 patients now have the chance to recover from their chronic illness. Those families deserve recognition because, despite their own sadness after the death of a loved one, they agreed to allow their organs to be used to help others,” he said.

He also explained that waiting lists for organ transplants are becoming shorter. “I’m very pleased because we have achieved something rather historic in shortening the waiting list, so that patients can receive their transplants more quickly,” he said. “We want to reach a situation where no patient dies while they are waiting for a transplant to take place.”