Pan-European Organ Donation Day

Organ Donation Day
Pan-European Organ Donation Day

October 9, 2021 European Day of Organ Donation and Transplantation

Transplantation is considered one of the greatest gifts of medical science to mankind and it is certain that it is the highest human-to-human offering.

Organ and Tissue Donation is an act of altruism and involves the donation of specific vital organs from a brain dead donor to a patient at risk, through a transplant performed by a special team of doctors.

It is the only treatment for end-stage heart, liver and lung failure, and the most effective solution for end-stage renal disease.

It is worth noting that from one donor can be saved up to 8 patients who need organ transplants and up 100 people to improve the quality of life of through tissue donation. However, the need for transplants is huge worldwide and the number of donors remains low in some countries.

According to a EU survey, an average of 41,000 organ transplants were given at European level last year, while 48,000 new patients were added to the waiting list. As comforting as the fact that 35,529 organ transplantations were performed in Europe last year alone, the transplant gap remains and has even widened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to raise public awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and cell donation as a way to improve and save the lives of thousands of our fellow human beings, the second Saturday of October has been established as European Organ Donation and Transplant Day (EODD). public debate on the issue, in order to reduce prejudices and inaccuracies.

This decision ocan ghange the end of our life turn into an act of true and incomparable generosity to one or more of our fellow human beings and accordingly facilitates the brave decision of our family if they are ever called to make such a decision.

Just say yes!

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