Professionals from the reference hospitals of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) carried out, during 2020, a total of 196 organ transplants, of which 147 were kidney, three of pancreas, 15 heart Y Liver 31, thanks to the generosity of 112 deceased and 3 living donors. The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, on the occasion of the commemoration tomorrow Wednesday of the National Transplant Day, reminds the importance of organ and tissue donation to save or improve the quality of life of people who require a transplant.
By hospitals, a total of 76 kidney and three pancreatic transplants at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias; 31 liver at the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and 71 kidney disease in the Canarian Insular-Maternal-Infant University Hospital Complex. In addition, it started in 2019 the heart transplant program at the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria, performing a total of 15 heart transplants in 2020. Also, during the past year, the Hospital Universitario de Canarias, a regional reference center for living donor kidney transplantation, made three of these donations in the Canary Islands. To these figures we must add the 314 tissue transplants carried out in 2020 in the hospitals of the SCS network.
For this reason, the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands wants to congratulate the more than 500 patients benefited by a transplant in the Autonomous Community during the past year and to the recipients of an organ or tissue. The SCS also wants to send a message of gratitude to the professionals who lend their knowledge and dedication so that the complex logistics necessary to carry out a transplant can be carried out, and to the donors and their families, who have made this entire process possible. . With that altruistic, supportive and generous gesture of the donation, they allowed a second chance for these more than 500 patients with no other possibility of curing their disease than a transplant.
4,497 organ transplants since 1981
Since 1981, the first transplantation program in the Canary Islands, the kidney transplant program at the HUC, will be launched until December 31, 2020 A total of 4,497 organ transplants have been performed in the Canary Islands thanks to 2,252 donors who have tried to help improve the quality of life of patients that required this surgical intervention.
5,613 tissue transplants in the last 30 years
On the other hand, there is also a significant number of patients who benefited from a tissue or cell group transplant. In this sense, since 1990 there has been an allogeneic bone marrow transplant program at the Dr. Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria, thanks to which 456 of these transplants have been performed. There are also active programs in all the large hospitals in the Canary Islands, through which 2,856 corneal transplants have been carried out historically until the end of last year, and 647 eye injuries have been treated with fragments of the amniotic membrane affected patients and osteo-tendon fragments have been implanted in 2,188 patients. Along with other tissues implanted in fewer patients, from 1990 to December 31, 2020, 5,613 tissue transplants have been carried out in the Archipelago.
Call for solidarity
Despite the satisfaction of these results, it should not be forgotten that the waiting lists for a transplant are updated every day, so the SCS continues to encourage citizens to maintain these extraordinary donation rates, a one of the highest in the world. The gesture of deciding to donate organs can save the life of a person who at that time has no other therapeutic option than performing a transplant, so the commemoration of National Transplant Day is a good occasion to reiterate the call to patients and relatives to decide to donate organs and tissues.
How to become a donor
The donor card expresses the will to donate but has no legal value. Therefore, in addition to requesting this card, it is very important that the donor communicates to the family his wish so that it is respected. This means that at the time of death, if he could be an organ donor, the family will have to sign the consent to proceed with the extraction. The card can be obtained through the National Transplant Organization (ONT) and patient associations. It is essential to communicate this decision to family and friends.
Currently, to facilitate organ donation, the person who wishes to be a donor can make an Advance Declaration of Will (AVM), a document that contains the instructions and options that the health personnel who attend to the grantor regarding care and treatment must respect. of your health; the provisions regarding the fate of your body and organ and tissue donation. AVMs can be carried out before the officials of the Ministry of Health or before any notary belonging to the Notarial College of the Canary Islands, once the relevant authorization is obtained, according to the agreement established between the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands and the College. Canary Islands Notary.