Organ Donation Lowest for Decades

Last year, the number of organ donations in Sweden were the lowest in decades. The news agency TT reports. If a person has not actively said "no" to organ donation, the doctors in Sweden are allowed to assume that the consent is there. But last year unusually many relatives to deceased persons put in their veto.

The chairperson of the Swedish Donation council tells TT that she thinks it is a temporary blip, possibly affected by the debate surrounding the controversial case where a doctor is suspected of manslaughter of an already dying child.

At the beginning of the year, there were 628 patients in Sweden waiting for one or more new organs. Every year 3000 people in Sweden die in intensive care, and some 200 are suitable for organ donations. Last year, 128 deceased persons donated organs, compared to 152 the year before.

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