Covid-19 survivors can donate organs and tissues

Covid-19 survivors can donate organs and tissues
  • A fundamental requirement that they must meet is that they must first undergo laboratory studies and a PCR test to rule out the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • So far in 2022, 1,761 organ and tissue transplants have been performed in the country.
  • Of the total donations in life, 36 percent come from women and 64 percent from men. In cadaveric organ procurement, 70 percent are male and 30 percent female.

Gradually, normalcy begins to return to the world. It does not mean that the pandemic is over, but at least the worst seems to be over. Now is the time to know the impact that this disease has left. are millions of Covid-19 survivors those that are counted only in Mexico and the good news is that everyone can donate organs and tissues.

At the beginning of the health emergency there were many doubts because The effects of this new health problem were not known. It was even recommended that mothers not breastfeed their babies. Although through scientific evidence a more complete picture was obtained.

In this case, it is now clear that Covid-19 survivors can donate and be recipients of organs and tissues. Although a fundamental requirement is that they must first undergo laboratory studies and a PCR test to rule out the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reported the general director of the National Transplant Center (Cenatra), Jose Salvador Aburto Morales.

He also said that, so far in 2022, there have been 1,761 organ and tissue transplants in the country. The figure represents the recovery of 55 percent of this activity that was affected by the pandemic in the face of the risk and priority conditions that the pandemic represented.

Organ and tissue donation in Mexico

In the National Registry of Transplants there are 22 thousand 949 people who are waiting for an organ or tissue. Of that figure, 17,300 require a kidney; 5,200, cornea; 248, liver; 48, heart and 122 other organs. In 2019, more than 7,000 transplants were performed, and 1,847 in 2020.

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In an interview for the 22 years of existence of Cenatra, Aburto Morales said that more than 150,000 transplants are performed worldwide each year. While Mexico is distinguished from Latin American countries by having quality donation and transplant programs.

“In life, any person of legal age, without chronic-degenerative or infectious diseases, with full cognitive capacity and with voluntary consent, can donate. After death, those between the ages of two and 80 are considered potential donors, after evaluation by medical specialists and the consent of the family.”

Of the total donations in life, 36 percent come from women and 64 percent from men. In cadaveric organ procurement, 70 percent are male and 30 percent female.

People can donate kidneys, corneas, heart, lungs, liver, intestine, pancreas, tendons, blood vessels, bones, musculoskeletal tissue, and skin. The organs that are most required are the kidney, cornea, liver and heart.

The general director of Cenatra said that a multidisciplinary team of specialists participates in carrying out a transplant based on extremely urgent logistical processes to avoid the loss of the organ.

He stressed that Cenatra was created with the aim of facilitating the tasks to save or improve the quality of life of patients suffering from a chronic disease, by consolidating the National Donation and Transplant Subsystem.

The foregoing, through the promotion of projects to reform the regulatory framework; coordination, supervision, promotion and registration of organ and tissue donation and transplant activities in the country; training of professionals, as well as supervision and monitoring of the registry of voluntary donors.