By Sarah Keane • 18 January 2021 • 16:38
SPAIN retains a ‘position of global excellence’ for transplants in 2020 despite the health crisis
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic putting an unprecedented strain on hospitals throughout 2020, it seems that the transplant system in Spain hasn’t bowed to the pressure and maintains its ‘position of global excellence’, according to Silvia Calzón, the Secretary of State for Health.
Data released on Monday, January 18 by the National Transplant Organisation (ONT) shows that 4,425 transplants were performed in Spain last year, and a total of 1,777 people donated their organs after their death, a figure that remains much higher than anywhere else in the world.
“Despite slowing down its pace of activity, we continue to be in a position of excellence worldwide,” Calzón highlighted.
“We must not forget that only between 1 and 2% of people who die in a hospital do so in a condition to be donors and they do so in ICUs, units that have been very saturated, especially in the most critical moments of the epidemic,” Calzón added.
Additionally, 2020 saw Spain carry out the highest number of transplants on children in the history of the ONT – 197.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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