HEALTHCARE: "Old-fashioned thinking" preventing donation

  • 2008-10-22
  • By Adam Mullett
VILNIUS - Organ donation in Lithuania is minimal and only serves about one sixth of patients in urgent need of a transplant. Experts in the medical field say that mistrust in the medical industry and religious dogma prevents more people from giving up their organs for donation after death.Numbers of donors has been increasing according to statistics given by the National Transplantation Bureau (NTB). 2001 saw only 44 potential donors in Lithuania while 2007 had 95 potential donors listed. The trend has been increasing toward more donors. There has also been a marked decline in family ...
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