Date
12 December 2017
Dr. Lui Siu-fai (inset), convenor of the Hong Kong Organ Donation Action Group, says the government's call for organ donations has had a lukewarm response. Photo: Internet
Dr. Lui Siu-fai (inset), convenor of the Hong Kong Organ Donation Action Group, says the government's call for organ donations has had a lukewarm response. Photo: Internet

Woman’s organ donations help seven desperate patients

Seven patients desperate for organ transplants have gained a new lease on life thanks to a 35-year-old deceased woman who became their organ donor.

The family of the woman agreed to donate her lungs, heart, liver, kidneys and corneas after she died of a stroke on Friday at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The hospital said it is grateful to her and her family for the organ donation.

Two kidneys were transplanted to two men brought in from the United Christian Hospital and Tseung Kwan O Hospital on Saturday.

Heart, lung and liver transplants were also completed at Queen Mary Hospital on the same day, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Hospital Authority data shows 31 patients received kidneys donated by deceased people in the first half of the year and 21 benefited from liver donations. Eight received a new heart and six had new lungs.

Meanwhile, 2,130 patients are on the waiting list for kidney donations, 85 for liver, 45 for heart and 19 for lungs.

Dr. Lui Siu-fai, convenor of the Hong Kong Organ Donation Action Group, said the government’s call for public organ donations has had a lukewarm response.

There were 22 organ donations involving dead patients in the first six months, about half of the number last year, Lui said.

He said the situation could have something to do with a case in May, in which a woman suffered acute liver failure as a result of a mistake by specialist doctors at the United Christian Hospital before she underwent two liver transplant procedures at Queen Mary Hospital.

Also, he said hospitals might have failed to pay attention to potential donors since they have been grappling with the summer flu crisis in recent months

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