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Malaga's Regional Hospital carried out 157 organ transplants in 2020

Transplant surgery. File photograph.
Transplant surgery. File photograph. / SUR
  • Surgeons performed 106 kidney, 43 liver and eight pancreas transplants - the numbers were down on 2019 partly due to Covid-19 pandemic

The Regional Hospital of Malaga (formerly the Carlos Haya) carried out 157 organ transplants in 2020 - despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Of these, 106 were kidney, 43 liver and eight pancreas transplants made possible by 102 donors.

The 157 operations are 43 fewer than the 200 carried out in 2019 and 89 fewer than 2018.

The Regional Hospital is part of the Malaga Transplant Sector, which is also made up of the Virgen de la Victoria (Clínico), Antequera, Axarquía, Torrecárdenas (Almeria), Poniente (Almeria), Ceuta and Melilla hospitals.

The Regional was the Andalusian hospital that performed the most kidney transplants last year: 106, of which eight were from living donors.

Likewise, 83 corneas were implanted thanks to 53 donors, which represents 50 per cent of all operations of that kind in Andalucía.

The coordinator of the Malaga Transplant Sector, Domingo Daga, applauded the efforts of the professionals who, despite having to deal with exceptional circumstances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, have not given up in their efforts to reduce waiting lists for patients.

"We have lived through an unprecedented period in our hospitals and, nevertheless, the professionals have continued working to provide our patients with a better quality of life," said Dr Daga.

The donation rate in Malaga stood at 46.43 donors per million population last year, while in Andalucía the average was 37.9 donors per million population and in Spain, 37.4.

Andalucía as a whole recorded a total of 684 organ transplants in 2020. Of these, 417 were kidney, 171 liver, 49 lung, 32 heart and 15 pancreas.