City receives its 400th organ donation

The donor was a man committed to helping others and his donation has transformed the lives of three others.

Shanghai has received its 400th organ donation. 

The Shanghai Branch of Red Cross Society of China, which handles all the city’s organ donations, said on Thursday that the 400th donor Wang Yaotang died of a brain hemorrhage at Zhongshan Hospital on August 25, and his liver and two kidneys were donated to help three patients.

The subsequent transplants were all successful.

Wang, who worked for Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, was a man committed to helping others.

In his will, he said he wanted to donate his organs to help people desperate for the chance of a new life.

His son ensured his father’s wishes were carried out and sent an organ donation application to the hospital’s Organ Procurement Organization.

The city’s first organ donation occurred in August 2013. Organs from the donor surnamed Huang, who also died of a brain hemorrhage, helped to save three lives. Huang’s family gave permission for the donation.

Since 2013, the city has witnessed a rapid growth in organ donations thanks to the increasing public awareness about organ donations. This is in part a result of a public education campaign on organ donation processing from the Organ Procurement Organization and the local branch of the Red Cross.

In June 2016, the number of organ donations in Shanghai for the first time exceeded 200 — a rate about 2.5 times higher than the national average, according to the local branch of Red Cross Society.

The quality of the donated organs had also been exceptionally high, with for example, 92 percent of livers and kidneys donated being successfully transplanted.

China stopped using organs harvested from executed prisoners from 2015.

Despite the increasing numbers of donated organs in China, there is still a big shortage. Officials said this is partly because under traditional cultural beliefs many people believe bodies must be kept intact after death.

About 1.5 million people are on the waiting list for transplants in China every year, but only about 10,000 receive them.

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