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Increase in organ donations seen after water park disaster

Increase in organ donations seen after water park disaster

Taipei, July (CNA) A disaster at a water park in New Taipei last month that left nearly 500 people injured appears to have led to a spike in organ donations in Taiwan, with a donation occurring almost daily over the last three weeks, a government-sponsored organ sharing center said Monday.
Organs have been taken from 20 donors in the last three weeks, including seven cases of skin donation, according to Lee Po-chang, chairman of the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center (TORSC).
Those figures compare with an average of 15 organ donations a month during the past three years and 30 skin donations a year.
One person who donated organs to those injured in the dust explosions on June 27 made his intentions known in a note he wrote before committing suicide. In the end, only his skin, corneas and bones were taken as other organs were damaged and not suitable for use in others.
In recent years, blood banks around Taiwan have often been replenished by donors who give blood in response to major disasters, such as an air crash or the 2014 gas explosions in Kaohsiung.
Cases of people whose organs were donated to others after being tragically killed in an accident have inspired more people to follow suit.
Among them was Su Chia-sheng, a medical student who died on July 10 of injuries sustained when colored powder sprayed into a crowd at a concert at the Formosa Fun Coast water park exploded into intense flames.
Su's parents decided to donate his organs to fulfill his mission as a doctor.
Liu Chia-chi, TORSC's deputy chief executive officer, cautioned, however, that decisions by members of the public to donate organs based on impulse are not sustainable.
With more than 8,700 people in Taiwan waiting for an organ transplant, Liu hopes more people will see organ donation as a way of extending one's life, and she urged people to show their willingness to donate organs on their health insurance card. (By Chen Ching-fang, Tung Ning and Ken Chao)


Updated : 2021-09-25 14:49 GMT+08:00