CPR …DNR … And Mister can you spare a kidney … ?

France is badly in need of organs. That is human organs for transplant. Today (Wednesday, June 22, 2011) is even National Day for Organ Donations. The French are apparently reluctant to donate organs. When alive they do not want to think that there might be a day when they could find themselves in the situation […]

France is badly in need of organs. That is human organs for transplant.

Today (Wednesday, June 22, 2011) is even National Day for Organ Donations.

The French are apparently reluctant to donate organs. When alive they do not want to think that there might be a day when they could find themselves in the situation of being a donor, so do not declare themselves as donors. And when they do happen to be in that situation, their next of kin do not want to think of it on their behalf.

There is therefore a real need here in France for people to say whether they are willing to be a donor. At the same time, they should say what their wish is about CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – and DNR – Do Not Resuscitate.

Writing in one’s living will that you do not want anyone to be thumping your heart when you are brain dead, or keep you alive, attached to machines, in a hospital bed, you ought to make this clear by having your GP write such an order on your medical chart. In France we all have electronic medical cards (Carte Vitale) on which such an order could be specified by your GP.

Latest statistics show that in 2010 the following organs were transplanted here in France:

Kidney: 2892

Liver: 1092

Heart : 356

Lung : 244

Pancreas : 96

Heart and Lungs together : 19

Intestine : 2

Face : 2

These numbers reveal an increase of transplants from 2000 of 47%. Yet, 15,600 patients are in need of an organ transplant.

An interesting detail is that there is also a list in France of people who have explicitly recorded that their organs must never be used for transplant.

There are 70,000 names on that list.

May they never need to be a recipient because having put such Karma into the universe …

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “CPR …DNR … And Mister can you spare a kidney … ?”

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    Jo Wake Says:

    Matt and I are both registered donors but I do understand why people are reluctant. I wonder what the statistics are over here?

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