This year the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) will be held Saturday 10th October.
The aim of the day is to promote awareness of organ donation in Europe. It is an opportunity to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank transplantation professionals throughout Europe whose hard work helps to save lives and improve the quality of life of many people.
There is a specific focus on the importance of making one’s own wishes on organ donation known to families and next of kin. The day will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to all the deceased and living donors who have helped severely ill patients to regain a normal life.
Demand for organ transplantation is increasing all over the world, but there are not enough organs available to meet the need. This shortage of organs is now the limiting factor in treating many patients with chronic organ failure and has led to high numbers of patients on waiting lists. Last year, over 150 000 patients were registered on organ waiting lists in Europe. On average every year, 41 000 patients receive a transplant and 48 000 new patients are registered on waiting lists. That’s nearly six new patients added to a transplant waiting list every hour.
Last year in Ireland, 274 organ transplants were carried out. 153 kidney transplants were performed at the National Renal Transplant Service at Beaumont Hospital, 25 of which living donor transplants. 66 liver transplants happened at the National Liver Transplant Service at St Vincent’s University Hospital, and 38 lung transplants and 15 heart transplants took place in the National Heart Lung Transplant Service at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.
Speaking about the day Prof Jim Egan, Director of HSE Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland, said, “Today we acknowledge European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation by asking people to think about and discuss organ donation with their families. Help your loved ones carry out your wishes and aid them in making decisions about organ donation on your behalf in what would be a very difficult time for them.
“Today is also another opportunity to thank the thousands of donors and their families that have given the gift of life to many more thousands of very sick people over the years in Ireland.”
See www.hse.ie/organ-donation or www.odti.ie to find out more about organ donation in Ireland.
Last updated on: 09 / 10 / 2020