Organ donation is hard task in Taiwan: advocate
Source: Focus Taiwan News

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) The traditional idea that a corpse should not be moved for eight hours following death makes organ donations difficult in Taiwan, an advocate said at a news conference in Taipei Tuesday.

Chang Shang-chun, chairman of the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center, attributed problems with promoting organ donations to "conservative and conventional" practices.

Many Taiwanese believe that a corpse should not be moved for eight hours after a death, fearing that doing so could interfere with the deceased person's soul.

According to Chang, the number of organ donors lags far behind that of patients waiting for transplants in Taiwan.

Citing the latest figure compiled by relevant authorities earlier this month, he reported, there are an average of 7,000 patients waiting for organ transplants per year, a sharp contrast to the number of donors which averages just over 200.

Ho Tian-yang, a 20-year-old Marfan syndrome patient who unsuccessfully underwent four operations before receiving a transplant, told reporters that he was able to recover thanks to his new heart.

Expressing his gratification to the "kind" donor that saved his life, Ho said he is now leading a normal life and will soon enter a university. (By Y. H. Cheng and Flor Wang)