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Proposal to pay family members for organ donors

Published torsdag 20 oktober 2011 kl 11.59
Jill Jingbrant was asked about organ donation when her 23-year-old son Felix was killed in a traffic accident in January. Photo:Madeleine Blidberg/Swedish Radio

A proposal has been made to pay a sum of US $7,500 to the family members of someone who dies and donates an organ. The idea is that this would help alleviate the current great demand for organs in Sweden.

Last year, 34 people died in Sweden whilst waiting for an organ transplant and there are currently 753 people on a waiting list to receive one, reports Swedish Radio News.

The idea of paying relatives for a deceased family member’s organ was that of Faisal Omar from the University of Linköping, who has recently completed a PhD in health, care and society.

The proposal is that relatives would be able to donate the money to charity or use it to help pay for funeral costs.

This Saturday is European donation day.

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