Spain sets world record for transplants

Single day sees 38 transplant operations using organs from 16 donors

Human organs on ice ready for transplant

By Dave Jamieson

SPAIN last week set a new world record for the number of organ donations made in a single day.

On Monday, December 14, 38 transplant operations were carried out using organs from one living and 15 deceased donors.

The country has been a global leader in organ donations for some years and last week’s transplants included 21 kidney, nine liver, five lung (of which three were double lung transplants), two heart and one double pancreas and kidney. The operations were carried out at 29 hospitals in 11 of Spain’s autonomous communities. Organs in special ice boxes were moved around the country by six specialist teams, using 12 different airports along their way.

In a statement, the National Transplant Organisation said the new record was the result of: “the huge generosity of Spanish people and the enormous efficiency of the Spanish transplant network”.

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