Deceased organ donations on the rise, show Organ Donation New Zealand figures

NEW ZEALAND HERALD


Candles lit by transplant recipients during a remembrance service for organ donors at St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington during 2015. Photo / File

The number of deceased organ donations and transplants has risen sharply in the past four years.
Organ Donation New Zealand figures show there were a total of 61 deceased organ donors in 2016, a 69 per cent increase over the past four years.

From the 61 donors, 181 organs were transplanted, a 57 per cent increase over the past four years.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the figures and said the Government had ambitions to grow the rate further.
"Organ transplantation is a life-saving treatment and for people with organ failure it's often the only option available," said Coleman.

"Decisions by families of deceased donors and by living donors, together with the compassion and hard work of staff, means that more and more patients are receiving transplants." Continue reading 


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