Prepara Familia demands reactivation of the "living corpse" transplant program

Prepara Familia demands reactivation of the “living corpse” transplant program

The NGO Prepara Familia highlighted that this December 3 marks the fifth anniversary of the suspension of the Organ and Tissue Procurement System program from a living corpse, which affects 90% of people who are waiting for a transplant

The NGO Prepara Familia spoke this Saturday, December 3, about the kidney transplant operation from a living donor that was carried out at the JM Hospital in Los Ríos, last Wednesday, November 30, and highlighted that the Organ and Tissue Procurement System program from corpse to live continues to be suspended in the country.

The NGO demanded its reactivation and stressed that today marks the fifth anniversary of the suspension of the program, which affects 90% of the people who are waiting for a transplant in Venezuela and who could only receive an organ from a deceased donor.

The information was issued through a statement in which it stressed that “in the case of live-to-live transplants, these can only be performed on people who have a compatible donor up to the fifth degree of consanguinity, and for this reason For this reason, they are exclusive for pathologies and the few patients who can opt for this modality. Due to their characteristics, they have never been suspended in the country.

*Read also: They partially reactivated the kidney transplant program at JM de los Ríos, reported an NGO

Since 2014, the Organ and Tissue Procurement System has been in charge of the Venezuelan Foundation for Organ, Tissue and Cell Donations and Transplants (Fundavene), attached to the Ministry of Health. Before that year, the person in charge was the National Transplant Organization of Venezuela (Ontv).

Emergency immunosuppressants

Along with other organizations, Prepara Familia demanded that the State guarantee the supply of immunosuppressants and denounced that some transplant patients were given expired or poor-quality medicines.

They requested that hospitals and transplant centers comply with the necessary sanitary conditions to care for patients. They stressed that it is essential to have infrastructure in good condition, access to water and electricity, food, supplies, equipment with constant maintenance, reagents in laboratories, operational blood banks, ambulance service and specialized health personnel.

He indicated that it is necessary to activate basic services such as cardiology, intensive therapy and neurology.

Prepara Familia recalled that 74 children from the Nephrology Service died between 2017 and 2022 due to not being able to opt for a transplant. He asked that those people in dialysis units “receive the number of hours determined, according to the particularity of their treatment, complying with the WHO protocols.”

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