Venezuela enforces law on default organ donation
Venezuelans are entitled to express their will on whether or not they want to donate their organs. ""From now on, we, Venezuelans, are all donators, unless stated otherwise as one lives," the coordinator of the Health Transplant Program of the Health Ministry said
Venezuela's Law on Donation and Transplant of Organs, Tissues, and Cells entered in force on Monday providing for default donation unless otherwise stated, the coordinator of the Health Transplant Program adopted by the Health Ministry, Yazmín Pérez, said.
The law, enacted a year ago, had granted until Monday time to enforce the National System on Information about Donation and Transplant (Sinidot), which will allow Venezuelans to express their will about whether or not they want to donate their organs.
"From now on, we, Venezuelans, are all donators, unless stated otherwise as one lives," that is the difference with respect to the prior legislation, Pérez remarked on state-owned TV channel VTV.
The law also ends with the power of family members to resolve the donations of their deceased relatives and allows any Venezuelan adults to make said decision during their lifetime and according to their will.
Nearly 1,300 people await to be transplanted a kidney; another 1,500 seek corneas; over 345 are in need of bone marrow, and at least 20 look forward to receiving a liver transplant." Overall, nearly 3,000 people need an organ transplant.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.