HSE ODTI marks European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation on Saturday, 12th October

HSE Press Release : Friday, 11th October 2019

This year, European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) takes place tomorrow, Saturday 12th October, the aim of which is to promote awareness of organ donation throughout Europe.   London has been selected to host this year’s celebrations for the EU wide awareness day, which is being supported in Ireland by the HSE’s Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI).

EODD 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.

This year, 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 insufficient donated organs available to meet the growing need. This shortage of organs is a 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.

Although 41,000 patients received a transplant, 48,000 new patients were registered on waiting lists last year.  This is the equivalent of nearly six new patients being added to organ waiting lists every hour.

In 2018 in Ireland, 274 organ transplant surgeries were carried out.  167 kidney transplants were performed at the National Renal Transplant Service at Beaumont Hospital, 40 of which were from living kidney donations.  56 liver transplants happened at the National Liver Transplant Service at St Vincent’s University Hospital, and 28 lung transplants and 18 heart transplants took place the National Heart Lung Transplant Service at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Speaking about the day Prof Jim Egan, Director of the HSE ODTI, said, “Today we acknowledge European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation by asking people to have that conversation about organ donation with their families.  Help your loved ones carry out your wishes and aid them in making decisions about donation on your behalf in what would be a very difficult time for them.

“Today is an important opportunity to acknowledge and thank again the 81 families whose courage and generosity in donating organs saved the lives of 277 people in Ireland last year.  Thousands of donors and their families have given the gift of life to many people over the decades in Ireland.”

Please see the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation website for more information, like share on Facebook and follow on Twitter @edqm_news. #ISupportOrganDonation  #GiveYearsofGoodLife  #EODD2019  

See www.hse.ie/organ-donation or www.odti.ie to find out more about organ donation in Ireland.  On Twitter follow @HSELive and @odti_irl.

ENDS

Last updated on: 11 / 10 / 2019