HSE Organ Donation Transplant Ireland (ODTI) has reported that 2018 was a strong year for organ donation and transplant surgery, with families of 80 people who died making the decision to gift the organs of their loved ones this year.
From these 80 donors, a total of 231 transplants were completed. and across the three national transplant centres, 120 kidneys, 18 hearts, 27 lungs, 56 liver and 5 pancreas surgeries were completed. Living donors also gave kidneys to enhance the lives of 37 patients this year.
Professor Jim Egan, Director of ODTI, expressed admiration and gratitude to those families who chose to donate organs, saving the lives of other people in Ireland. He said, “Following record numbers of transplant in 2017, we have seen consistently robust rate of organ donation and transplant in 2018, this reflects positively on the generosity of Irish society and the professionalism of the intensive care, theatre, medical and nursing staff. We will continue to champion Organ Donation because Organ Donation saves lives”.
2018 was a year of key milestones for transplant patients nationally, Mrs Vera Dwyer from Sligo, the world’s longest surviving lung transplant patient, celebrated the 30thanniversary of her transplant in November. Vera expressed her gratitude to her donors, both for the lungs she received in 1988 and a kidney she received in 2009, while double lung recipient David Crosby completed his second marathon in Berlin in September this year, after running the New York Marathon last year.