Doctors called Kazakhstan residents to "share" their organs

26 августа 2011, 14:45
Kazakhstan doctors are calling the residents to help developing transplantology in Kazakhstan, reports. According to Director for Scientific Work of Syzganov National Scientific Surgery Center Manas Ramazanov, public conscience is not yet ready for the fact that organs of a murdered person could be used to save other people's lives.

“Renal transplantation allows to save the life of persons with chronic nephatony. Our people have to understand that agreeing for transplantation of organs of a family member who died in a car accident, from a gunshot or knife wound, can help save at least five other lives: healthy kidneys, liver, heart, eye cornea and other tissues can be transplanted,” Ramazanov said. “However, I would like to note that doctors make a broad medical check-up of the recipient and the donor; transplantation is possible only in case of full compatibility of tissues.” Ramazanov stressed that such surgery is made for free, at the state budget’s expense.

According to the doctor, Kazakhstan legislation is based on implied consent. If a person was murdered and did not sign a document forbidding to use his organs after his death, doctors have a full right to transplant his organs to people in need. Around 2 thousand people require renal transplantation. They all “live” on hemodialysis. “Based on the ethics and moral, we ask families of the murdered people to give their approval for transplantation, but if they decline to do so willingly, we can still make a transplantation surgery in case of an urgent need and compatibility of blood type and tissues of the recipient and donor,” Ramazanov commented.

Starting from 1978, Syzganov National Scientific Surgery Center transplanted 600 kidneys, 55 of them were taken from family members. Murdered people were donors of other kidneys. Doctors made 9 renal transplantations in 2010.

By Roza Yessenkulova

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