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ADI organ donor registry grows, transplants fall
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
Over 100,000 people registered in 2012; "we are doing all we can
to raise awareness," says director-general at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center.
Giving people who registered as potential organ donors higher priority in
receiving organs if they need them has significantly increased the number listed
with ADI/National Transplant Center. But at the same time, due to reduced deaths
from road accidents and strokes, the actual number of transplanted organs
declined in 2012.
According to the center’s annual report released by the
Health Ministry on Wednesday, more than 100,000 more individuals joined the
registry in 2012. The total number of Israelis with ADI cards has reached an
unprecedented 717,300 people. In addition, over 50 people on the ADI list who
needed an organ transplant themselves received one by getting higher priority
At the same time, there was a moderate decline in the number of
people who died while waiting in the queue for an organ – 91 last year compared
to 105 in 2011. The rate of deaths of people waiting in the queue for organs was
8 percent compared to an average of 22% in European
EuroTransplant has reported the much higher
waiting-in-the-queue death rate in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria
and others. The largest number of people waiting in the queue need a kidney
transplant, followed by liver, lungs and heart.
The transplant center
also noted a 16% decline in the rate of fatal strokes from 218 annually in
recent years to 183 in 2012. Such patients have often provided a supply of
organs to others. Thus, as each stroke victim provided up to seven organs, fewer
strokes meant somewhat fewer organ transplants.
The center is now looking
for explanations of the good news that more stroke victims survive.
Nevertheless, the rate of families who agree to give organs of their loved ones
who died of strokes has remained similar to that in the previous year and was
The other welcome news – a 23% drop in deaths from road
accidents – also reduces the number of organs available for transplant.
Therefore, the number of families who agreed to donate their loved ones‚ organs
thus declined to 57 last year, compared to 89 in 2011.
Center chairman Prof. Rafael Beyar, who is director-general of Haifa’s Rambam
Medical Center, said it is doing all it can to increase awareness of the
importance of organ donation and increase the number of families willing to give
their loved ones‚ organs.
There are currently 1,114 people waiting for an
organ transplant – 755 for a kidney, 164 for a liver, 93 for a heart, one for
combined heart/lung and 11 for a combined kidney/ pancreas.
living are able to donate kidneys, the actual number of transplants last year
was 277, compared to 384 in 2011 and 228 in 2010.
The number of
transplants with organs from the diseased included 57 receiving kidneys, 7
kidney/pancreas, a pair of kidneys in three people (usually taken from older
donors), 40 livers, 3 liver/kidneys, 14 hearts, 16 double lungs, 22 single
In addition, 758 eye corneas (which are not included in the
regular list of transplanted organs) were implanted; 730 people are still
waiting for a cornea to restore or improve their vision.
ADI last year
increased its information and awareness campaigns significantly, especially in
Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. Campaigns were brought to 351 schools, 353 medical
meetings, 117 student meetings, 124 encounters with the general public and 89
sessions with soldiers.
A special campaign using newsman Danny Kashmaru
promoting registration with ADI on TV. radio, street signs, stands and – for the
first time – the digital media.