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Over 280 organ transplants carried out this year

Over 280 organ transplants were carried out in Ireland this year, an increase of 32 compared to last year.

The figures released by the Health Service Executive show a return to pre-pandemic levels.

The Organ Donation Transplant Ireland Office said there were 30 living organ donors and 95 deceased.

Kidney transplants accounted for 191 of the total number along with 54 liver transplants.

There were also 24 lung, six pancreas and seven heart transplants carried out during the year.

In a statement, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said: “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to those donors, families, and dedicated staff who made these transplants possible.

“We must also remember that sadly some patients do and will die each year while waiting for a transplant, and at any one time, around 500 people are waiting for a transplant.

“I encourage everyone to talk to your loved ones about organ donation to make your intentions known. It is important for them to know your wishes, to help them should they have to make a decision in a time of great sadness and loss.

“Having that conversation also ensures wherever possible the loss of one precious life can be turned to benefit many others through donation.”

Clinical Lead for Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland in the HSE Dr Catherine Motherway also thanked the donors and their families.

Dr Motherway said: “It is sometimes hard to convey our gratitude to our donors. The gift of life given during a time of grief and loss is humbling.

“The generosity of our donors both living and deceased and their families transforms the lives of our transplant recipients. Organ donation and transplantation saves and changes lives.”

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