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Health Minister Simon Harris revealed details of organ transplant and donation figures for 2016 which highlights a record performance for the ‘Living Kidney Donor Programme’ of 50 living donor transplants for the first time. In total, 280 organ transplants were carried out during 2016, the second highest yearly performance achieved, with an average rate of 23 transplants per month.

The Minister said the programme continued to go from strength to strength as the increase in living donor transplants jumped from 33 in 2015 to 50 last year. He added that the Pancreatic Transplant Programme had been set up in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) and he looked looks forward to the recommencement of pancreas transplantation when a suitable donor/recipient match occurs.

Prof Jim Egan, Director of Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland also thanked the 77 families whose courage and generosity in donating organs saved the lives of 280 people and the staff of the National Organ Procurement Service, the Intensive Care Units and Theatres, as well as the nurses and all staff in hospitals nationwide for their commitment in playing a key role to the donation process.