(NW) Forty-three Transplants Performed in Bulgaria since Beginning of 2021

October 4 (BTA) – Since the beginning of the year, 43 transplants have been performed in Bulgaria. A total of 14 of them were from a living donor and 29 from a cadaveric donor, the press service of the Health Ministry said on Monday. For the same period there were 11 donors, after established brain death, while for the whole of 2020 they were only four, the press service said. There are 1,010 Bulgarians waiting for an organ transplant, with 893 waiting for a kidney transplant, 41 for a liver, 44 for a heart, and 22 for a lung. According to the Council of Europe, in 2020, 35,529 organ transplants were performed in Europe, which is 20 percent less than the transplants performed in 2019. In just one year, 43,183 citizens got on the waiting list for transplants. In Europe last year, an average of 21 patients died each day waiting for a transplant. October 9 marks the European Day of Organ Donation and Transplantation. Thematic initiatives are planned for October 4-16. RY/DT

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