Donor liver flown from Riga to Vilnius for transplant

  • 2020-06-17
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - A donor liver was flown by a Lithuanian border guard helicopter from Riga to Vilnius for a transplant operation on Wednesday, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said.  

The Lithuanian National Transplant Bureau asked the service for help. 

A person in a Riga hospital was diagnosed with brain death and his family gave consent for organ donation. No suitable recipient for the liver transplant was found in Latvia and the organ was offered to Lithuanian recipients, according to the bureau.

As helicopters could not fly because of a thick fog, a medical team from Vilnius' Santara hospital left for Riga in an ambulance at around 4 a.m.

The team successfully removed the donor liver and was flown by the VSAT helicopter back to the Lithuanian capital in the afternoon. 

Latvia donated a donor heart to a Lithuanian recipient earlier this year, and seven donor organs, a heart and six kidneys, in 2019. Lithuania donated a heart and two kidneys to Latvia in 2018.