The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) reported a multi-organ donation that included skin, bones, liver, kidneys, corneas and heart valves, from a 23-year-old man who was declared brain dead from intraencephalic hemorrhage.
The IMSS explained that thanks to this donation, which for the first time included bones and skin in the state of Querétaro, five people were benefited in the cities of Mexico City, San Luis Potosí and Guadalajara.
The spokesperson explained that, after an important work of awareness towards the family of the donor, by the personnel of the General Hospital of Zone (HGZ) No. 3, in San Juan del Río, and General Regional (HGR) No. 1 in Querétaro, the authorization was obtained to carry out this procedure.
The procurement of organs was in charge of four teams from the Siglo XXI National Medical Center, in Mexico City; of an IMSS Hospital in the state of Jalisco, and of the Coordination of Procurement and Donation of Organs and Tissues of HGR No. 1.
After seven hours of surgeries, the organs were sent to their destinations to be transplanted. The kidneys were sent to Mexico City, the corneas to San Luis Potosi and the liver to Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Meanwhile, the long bones of the extremities, the skin of the legs and back, and the heart valves were sent to a tissue bank in the state of Jalisco.
According to the National Transplant Center, there is a list of 20,331 patients waiting for an organ or tissue, of which 13,281 are IMSS beneficiaries.
The kidney turns out to be the organ with the largest number of people waiting, with 13,112; and followed by corneas with 6,721 patients; liver with 311; and a total of 135 patients waiting for heart transplant and other organs or tissues nationwide.
The Coordinator of Procurement and Donation of Organs and Tissues of HGR No. 1, Irene García Hernández, thanked the family of the donor and called on the population to raise awareness about the culture of donation, so we can be able to “give life after life”.