China sees growth in organ donation

CHONGQING: An 18-year-old uremia sufferer named Xiaowei leads a much healthier life after receiving a kidney donation five years ago in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality .

“This little angel gave me the gift of life, giving me hope for myself and my family,” Xiaowei said, expressing his gratitude to the donor, who was a 2-year-old boy.

The sixth China Organ Donation Day falls on June 11 this year. Tens of thousands of patients have been born again through organ transplantation as organ donation is accepted by an increasing number of people.

China began piloting its organ donation program in 2010. According to the latest report on the development of organ transplantation in China in 2019, the country’s body donation rate per million population increased from 2.01 in 2015 to 4.16 in 2019.

The number of registered organ donors in China has exceeded 4.78 million, according to the China Organ Donation Administrative Center, more than 100 times the 25,000 registered cases in 2015.

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In 2021, Yi Zecheng, 75, and his wife Chen Maoxiu, 65, both registered donors, celebrated their marriage at the Chongqing Organ Donation Memorial Park.

“We hope to thank and commemorate all donors, and also to bring more public attention to human organ donation, so that more people can participate in this voluntary activity,” Chen said.

Over the past few years, the couple have participated in many public welfare activities, calling on volunteers to pay a comfort visit to donor families and accompanying donors at their cremation.

“There are about 300,000 patients in China every year who need organ transplants, and transplanted organs are still very rare,” said Zhang Leida, a member of the Chinese Organ Transplant Society.

“We hope more people will participate in organ donation and transplantation to save more lives,” Zhang added.

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