Vera he was four years old. He died from the tragic accident that occurred in a bouncy castle in Valencia last week. His family, in a gesture like few others in this life, has decided to donate his organs, giving another 56 years of life to another child. “It’s overwhelming,” he says. Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, director of the National Transplant Organization.
“I say goodbye to the world in a tragic and unfair way. To the 5 friends that I help to live with my organs, be as happy as I have been. I leave you my smile so that it does not disappear,” his father wrote on Twitter.
The gesture of Ivan perez it is doubly important. From the National Transplant Organization and the Association of the Association of Sick and Organ Donors for Transplantation Aedopat greatly appreciate it.
“They help us in different ways. On the one hand, it gives value to the donation gesture. Making it public puts the gesture in front of society and the donor family tells us that it helps them. And because it really helps it. Child donation has an overwhelming impact on patients who need a transplant. A donor who allows six transplants is giving away 56 years of life. With three transplants, he is giving away 31 years of life. It values the donation “, emphasizes Domínguez-Gil in conversation With the spanish.
The case of the little Valencian woman has permeated Spanish society. She was the second child to be killed in the accident in which a fairground ride overturned. The video that her father uploaded to Twitter, with the little girl singing a Christmas song, ended up going viral.
I am 4 years old and I say goodbye to the world in a tragic and unfair way. Thank you for the strength that you have given me and the love for my parents. And to the 5 friends that I help to live with my organs, be as happy as I have been. I leave you my smile so that it does not disappear. VER pic.twitter.com/0QHJnm61Ir
– Iván Pérez (@IvanFaubell) January 10, 2022
The importance of transplants
In order for a person to donate their organs, several requirements have to be met. Just between the 1% and 2% of people who die do so in a position to donate. The number, therefore, is reduced to the minimum expression almost when they are children. In addition, families must give their consent.
The president of the National Transplant Organization in Spain explains, in conversation with EL ESPAÑOL, that a deceased person can be a donor whenever he dies in the ICU, connected to a ventilation system and in a situation in which the organs are not affected .
In this regard, it is important to emphasize that age is not always a factor to take into account. “95-year-old hearts have been transplanted,” says Beatriz Domínguez-Gil.
Currently, in Spain, some 5,000 patients await a transplant. “4,000 of them are renal and the rest are waiting for other types,” they indicate from the National Transplant Organization.
The still photo of what happened in Spain with transplants in 2021 will be officially published next week. At the moment, it can be anticipated that there have been some 10,000 patients who have passed this last year on that waiting list.
The times that patients in Spain wait for a transplant are few. The public system has, according to the ONT, one of the smallest waiting lists. “The time varies depending on the transplant: 12 to 18 months for the kidney; liver, heart … between three and six months. These are extraordinary times, “says Domínguez-Gil.
Spain is a donor
As already mentioned, in order for a deceased person to donate their organs, they must perish in very specific circumstances. In addition to the above, your family must agree to want to donate the organs.
“It helps a lot that it is written in his last wishes,” says Domínguez-Gil. It is also significant that they have the donor card in their pocket. However, the director of the ONT points out that the most important thing is that they speak it in life. So the family member in charge will be more aware.
Practically 85%, almost 9 out of 10 families, say yes to donate the organs of their relatives. Beatriz Domínguez-Gil tells it with pride. “We find this data quite stable in recent years, it is one of the highest rates in the world. It is curious that even population groups that are not so inclined to donation in other countries, here they are.”
“For example, a fairly paradigmatic case is that of the British. 60% of donors are in your country and in Spain, in some regions, 90% in some regions. We believe that it has a lot to do with solidarity, but also with the way in which families are cared for and how the professionals approach the donation “.
Spain is the country in the world with the highest organ donation for 29 years in a row, says the director of the ONT.
Beatriz Domínguez-Gil highlights Spanish solidarity. “A society that is generous, altruistic, that in the worst moment of their lives think of the good of others. They make us feel very proud of the society that makes it up. To those families of whom we never tire of giving value to the gesture “.
From Vera for 5 children
Vera’s father claimed that his daughter would help five little friends. Actually, it could help even six, although this depends on the circumstances. Generally, the most common transplants are kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, and lung. There are also others such as visceral or intestinal ones, or those that are in the experimentation phase that involve the transplantation of the face or hands.
“At an older age, it is more difficult for people to donate organs,” explains Domínguez-Gil. “Later, there are some diseases that make it impossible to donate, but they are few, like a certain type of cancer.”
Transplants are usually carried out for a matter of capabilities. That is to say, children receive children’s organs for their cavity. For this reason, some young people can receive transplants as adults.
“Children’s organs go to children, but in general, for a logical question of size. The baby with a transplant needs a similar donor“, exemplified.
If donations are important in adults, they are even more so in children. “Fortunately, mortality in children in Spain is very low and, furthermore, these minors have to die in specific circumstances. If it is exceptional to do so as an adult, imagine as a child.”
There are also exceptional cases in which adults donate to a child, especially in the case of the liver. “In a split liver transplant, the small part goes to the child and most of the transplant goes to an adult.”
In 2020, in Spain, the 200 transplants to children.