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Slight increase in the number of donor organs removed
Nationwide, more than 10,000 seriously ill patients are waiting for a donor organ. Many of them have little chance of getting a mostly life-saving organ. Although the majority of Germans would be willing to donate organs after death, not even one in three has an organ donation card. In some regions, however, the number of organs removed has increased again.
More life-saving organs needed
According to the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation (DSO), over 10,000 seriously ill patients in Germany are currently waiting for a donor organ. Some have to be removed from the waiting list due to poor general condition, others die because no organ is available in time. While it is gratifying that the number of organ donors has increased after years of decline, these are far from sufficient. A statistic was published just a few weeks ago, according to which a patient dies every eight hours due to a lack of organ donors.
More donor organs removed
However, improvements seem to be happening in some regions. The dpa news agency reports that doctors in Saxony-Anhalt removed more organs after their death in the first four months of this year than in the same period last year. A spokeswoman for the DSO in Frankfurt am Main said that 17 organs had been removed from the country's responsible clinics. According to the information, there were only twelve organ donors in the same period in 2015. According to the DSO, a total of 120 organs were made available in the country last year, compared to 97 in 2014. According to the foundation, the slight fluctuations are normal.
Only every third person has an organ donation card
A recent survey by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) showed that the population has a predominantly positive attitude towards organ donation. Nevertheless, less than a third have an organ donation card. "It is good that 81 percent of all people in Germany are open to organ and tissue donation," said Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe when the results were published. But: “I hope that even more people in Germany will make a conscious decision and record it in an organ donation card. Because this decision can save lives. ”(Ad)