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Denials over child kidnapping for organs

The National Institute of Transplant Coordination (INCORT) has issued a statement in response to recent rumors that children are being kidnapped for their organs. The Institute states that the situation is impossible given the complex process of organ donation and transplant.

INCORT director Dr. Fernando Morales Billini explained that carrying out a transplant was a highly complex process involving more than 30 specialists for a kidney transplant, more than 80 for a heart transplant and around 100 in the case of a liver transplant. He said that every so often, myths and legends appeared about the kidnapping of children and adults to take their organs for transplant purposes but they really were urban legends that generate fear in society and have a negative effect on people who need a transplant in order to survive.

Morales Billini said that in order for someone to donate their organs they need to have died in an Intensive Care Unit and be connected to a life support machine, to enable their organs to continue to receive oxygen after they have died. This in itself means that it is impossible to use any organs obtained by any other means.

He went on to say that there also needed to be compatibility between the donor and recipient and a complex network of highly qualified surgeons and the right mode of transport for the organs. INCORT Transplant Coordinator Dr. Celia Perez said that organ donation was an act of love, and that people should have trust and confidence in the process, which will allow thousands of Dominicans who need a transplant to improve their quality of life and continue to live, thanks to the Dominican families who had agreed to donate their organs after death. She appealed to the media to stop publishing information that only leads to confusion.

Source: DR1,

Category: DR News |

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Last updated March 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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