More and more people are getting new organs

Digital donor cardDigital donor card.Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

So far this year, 74 people have received a new kidney, the highest number in seven years, new figures show from Oslo University Hospital. While, several are on the waiting list.

A total of 121 people have been transplanted 130 new organs during the first three months of this year. Corresponding figures for the same quarter in 2018 were 101 organs for 91 patients.

Kidney transplants constitute by far the largest group. In addition, 26 liver transplants, nine heart transplants and eight lung transplants have been carried out so far this year. These categories are also somewhat higher than last year.

At the same time, the number of those on the waiting list is also increasing. A total of 370 people are now waiting for a new kidney, compared to 341 last year.

This is because the need is greater and we can offer this treatment to several. For other organs, waiting lists are now somewhat shorter than one year ago, informs communications adviser Hedda Holth of the Oslo University Hospital.

Last year’s campaign to increase the number of donors also seems to have bared fruit. As of March 31, 85 potential donors have been reported, against 64 possible a year ago. In addition, 84 per cent of relatives who are asked for organ donation are positive, new figures show.

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