KUALA LUMPUR: More than half of families approached by doctors to donate organs of their deceased loved ones consented.
National Transplant Resource Centre chief national donor coordinator and procurement manager Datin Dr Lela Yasmin Mansor told The Starthat this was a two-fold increase from 2000, when only about 25% families said yes.
“Last year, we had 151 cases (of potential donors) referred to us, and out of that, there were discussions with the family in 113 cases. 58 families (51.3%) consented to organ donation,” said Dr Lela.
“Almost one-third of these discussions are also initiated by the family,” she added.
Dr Lela noted that this indicated an increase in awareness about organ donation.