Speaking exclusively for the 3-9 November World Organ Donation Week, Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu, President of the Life Donation Association, underlined the negative impact of coronavirus on the organ donation process.
Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu stated that the separation of some of the beds in intensive care for coronavirus patients due to the pandemic, and proving that those who were found to have brain death and donated organs by their family did not have coronavirus twice with negative test results caused the donations to drop.
Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu, President of Life Donation Association, Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Coordinator Mümin Uzunalan and Koç University Hospital Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center Responsible Prof. Dr. Burak Koçak made a special speech for the 3-9 November World Organ Donation Week.
Underlining that they lose about 30 of the patients who are waiting for organs on the lists every day, Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu said, “We have approximately 27.000 patients waiting for organs, however, we are uncomfortable with the easy pronouncing of the numbers. We think that looking at patients waiting in terms of cases or numbers is easy and does not include the message we want to give. For those who are waiting for us, we try to explain that each of these numbers has separate stories, families, friends, professions, in short, each of them is human and a life is invaluable, but each one is thousands. Looking at the event in this way, we see and know that a family, a house, an apartment, a street, a neighborhood or even a city full of people are waiting for organs. said.
Speaking about the organ donation effect of the pandemic process, Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu said, “Organ transplantation from cadaver, part of their beds in intensive care due to coronavirus, separation of coronavirus patients, brain deaths and organ donors by their family have twice negative test results to prove that they do not have coronavirus. caused a decrease in donations. During the pandemic period, adapting to the changes in every business sector also applies to the health sector. " he spoke.
Hüseyin Yıldırımoğlu pointed out that those who do not have knowledge are misleading about organ donation and said: “In order to prevent this, we need to explain more facts about organ donation and transplantation to our people transparently. In the survey studies on organ donation, it has been determined that people are worried that they will be abandoned very quickly in the event of a sudden accident or trauma due to their concerns about the health system. With this logic, every patient in the intensive care bed appears as a potential organ donor. We try to explain brain death at every opportunity, we try to explain that brain death is the real death, that recycling is not possible and that the distribution of organs is transparently distributed by the Ministry of Health. The organ is not an object that we can buy from anywhere, its only source is human and believing that the donation of that person will go to the right place and losing their worries can only be through education and information. As an association, our aim is to reach a person in every activity we do. If we can change a person's perspective positively, it will be our greatest spiritual satisfaction from now on, as it has been until today. "
Relatives must give consent for organ donation
Expressing that it is not possible to donate organs from every deceased person, Mümin Uzunalan said, “For organ donation from cadaver, death must occur under intensive care conditions, while the case is connected to an artificial respirator. Relatives of the deceased must also consent to organ donation. According to the legislation of our country, whether or not a person donates his / her organs in his / her health, it is absolutely necessary for the relatives to give consent. " he spoke. Mümin Uzunalan pointed out that it is very difficult to give a clear time for the waiting period of the patients for organ transplantation and said, “Patients with living donors have the opportunity to have organ transplantation in a short time. However, the only organs that can be transplanted from living donors are the liver and kidney. The time to wait is uncertain for both patients who do not have a living donor and those with heart, lung, pancreatic and small intestine failure. " found in the description.
The waiting process for organ transplantation is very difficult for both patients and their relatives.
Emphasizing that the waiting process is a very difficult process for patients and their relatives, Koç University Hospital Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center Officer Prof. Dr. Burak Koçak said, “Donors should not be afraid of transplantation. Because if the transplants are not carried out on time, it may cause bigger problems in terms of the health of the patients. Thanks to these measures, transfers can be made. Our patients do not need to be afraid of organ transplantation at this point. On the other hand, unfortunately, the number of cadaveric organ donations is very low in our country. There have been small increases in recent years, but there are serious differences compared to expectations. As a result, patients' waiting times are getting longer, their illnesses progress and this situation starts to damage their other organs. From time to time, he has to be hospitalized, and the number of these hospitalizations and the weight of each hospitalization gradually increases. Chronic organ failure is also a very painful process for patients' families. Family life depending on the stages of the disease; workforce loss, exclusion from education, growth and development retardation in children, psychological breakdown, disconnection from social life and even a hospital-dependent life. said.
Opening a separate bracket to the decrease in organ donation during the coronavirus process, Prof. Dr. Burak Koçak said, “The pandemic period especially negatively affected the organ donations from cadavers. Some reasons such as increasing occupancy rates of intensive care beds, prolonging the process of coronavirus screening that inevitably should be done to donors, and problems in informing families about the process can be mentioned. However, it is not possible to talk about the same situation for living organ donors. The donors who wish to restore their loved ones to health come up with a strong motivation. We also need to make sure that they are healthy individuals and that the planned surgery will not harm his health during the surgery and for the rest of his life. For this purpose, many tests and evaluations are made by adhering to the practices of modern medicine. The additional measures brought about by the pandemic conditions that cause us to have difficult times in our country, as in the whole world, are of course strictly implemented. " he spoke.