Spain tops world organ donation rankings
George Mills/The Local/AFP · 13 Jan 2015, 14:48
Published: 13 Jan 2015 14:48 GMT+01:00
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A total of 4,360 organ donations were carried out in Spain in 2014, beating the Spanish record of 4,279 notched up in 2013, new figures released by the country's National Transplant Organization (ONT) on Tuesday show.
Of these transplants, 2,678 were kidneys, 1,068 were liver transplants and 265 were heart transplants.
Spain also saw 36 donors per million people in 2014 — equal to 1,682 donors — "far superior" to the European Union figure of 19, health authorities said of the 2014 results.
That also put Spain far ahead of other countries, with 26 donors per million people in the US, 25 in France and a tad under 15 in Germany, according to the transplant body's latest figures from 2011.
"We are at record highs, which means we can assert once again Spain is at the world leader in donations and transplants, thanks to the people's cooperation and the dedication of health professionals, (and thanks to) the National Health System," said health minister Alfonso Alonso on Tuesday.