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Canaries to have its own heart transplant programme 

The Canary Islands have notched up a historical record for organ transplants: up to 110 organ donors and 203 transplants in 2018.

The SCS achieved the best annual results of donation activity since these pro-grammes began, thanks to 105 deceased donors and five living donors, 13 per cent more than in 2017.

The figures were revealed by the Health Minister of the Canary Islands Government, José Manuel Baltar, the SCS director, Conrado Domínguez, and the SCS Regional Trans-plant Coordinator, Vicente Peña.

In the Canary Islands, a total of 105 organ donors of deceased persons were reached, which meant an increase of 13% with respect to the previous year, and five of alive ones; obtaining, thus, a rate of 49.5 donors per million inhabitants, which has saved the lives of 259 people if transplants performed outside the community in other centres.

Thus, he said, the professionals of the hospitals attached to the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) have performed the largest number of transplants in a year, with a total of 203 organ transplants, of which 155 were kidney transplants, 42 of liver and six of pancreas.

The Regional Transplant Coordinator said that a total of 91 kidney transplants and six pancreatic transplants have been registered at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands; 42 of liver in the University Hospital of Our Lady of Candelaria, and 64 of kidney in the Hospitable University Hospital Insular-Materno Infantil of the Canary Islands.

The University Hospital of the Canary Islands is the regional reference centre for kidney transplantation from a living donor. During 2018 five of these procedures were carried out in the Canary Islands. The main advantage over cadaver donation is that the survival of the renal graft and the patient is greater in the case of a living donor.

The director of the SCS, Conrado Domínguez, anno-unced that the Canary Islands will count this year, starting in the second semester, with a Heart Transplant pro-gramme that will be im-plemented at the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín. Dr. Dominguez ad-vanced that will be an im-portant advance for patients who need this type of transplants, who currently have to travel for months to the peninsula to undergo this type of intervention.