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Facts about transplants

A proud record in organ donations in Ireland

There are forty donating hospitals and three transplant centres in Ireland, which are:

  • St.Vincent’s Hospital – liver
  • The Mater Hospital – heart and lung
  • Beaumont Hospital – kidney and pancreas

2013 was a record year for organ donations and transplantations with 18 more transplants performed than in the previous record year of 2011. In 2013, 86 deceased donors saved 245 lives and there were 38 kidney transplants through the Living Donor Programme.

The Mater Hospital doubled the number of lung transplants from 14 - 32.

At Beaumont Hospital there were 195 kidney transplants performed, 38 of which were from living donors.

There were 11 heart transplants at the Mater Hospital and 55 liver transplants at St. Vincent's Hospital.

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The following statistics relate to the period since the first recorded kidney transplant in Ireland in 1964 to the end of 2012.

Total number of deceased solid organ donors recorded in Ireland 1964 =  2,272

Total number of transplants performed in Ireland since 1964                 =  5,183

(broken down as follows)

Kidney transplants since 1964         3,918

Heart transplants since 1985               296

Pancreas transplants since 1992        126

Liver transplants since 1993               790

Lung transplants since 2005                 53


In 2012 the total number of donors was 78 deceased and 32 live donors. There were 239 solid organ transplants performed:  163 kidney;  50 liver;  14 lung; 10 heart;  2 pancreas.

Total number of patients on the Transplant List in December 2012 was 563, 35 more people than at the end of the previous year.

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2011 was a landmark year for organ donation in Ireland. There were 93 deceased organ donors, which allowed 248 organ transplants to be carried out. Last year surpassed the previous record of 91 deceased donors which was set in 1998, in comparison to 58 deceased donors in 2010.

Of the organs transplanted, 165 kidneys;  61 liver;  6 heart;  8 Lungs;  8 pancreas.

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2010 saw the worst decline in organ donation in Ireland on record.  There were 58 deceased donors and 23 living kidney donors.  Of the organs received from deceased donors -   98 kidneys were transplanted;  38 liver transplants; 3 heart transplants, 4 lung transplants and 8 pancreas. 23 living donor kidney transplants took place during 2010, 5 more than in 2009. The number of patients on dialysis at the end of  2010 was 1,780 in comparison with 1,679 in December 2009.
 
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2009 was a record year for donations and kidney transplants. There were 270 organs obtained from 90 individuals, an increase of 21% on the previous year.
Of the organs offered, 172 were used for kidney transplants, 68 for liver transplants, 17 for heart transplants and 13 for lung transplants.

The number of kidney transplants increased by 11% and there were 18 living-donor kidney transplants performed during the year.

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In 2008, the Mater Hospital conducted 4 heart transplant operations (three less than in 2007).  4 lung transplants took place at the Mater Hospital last year, the same amount as in 2007.  A further 6 lung transplants were conducted in the UK on behalf of Irish patients in 2008.

St. Vincent's University Hospital conducted 58 liver transplants in 2008 and has maintained a very high level of transplantation in recent years (182 in the past three years).

In 2008, there were 136 deceased donor kidney transplants performed at Beaumont Hospital and a record 12 of these transplants also included simultaneous transplant of a pancreas.  Ten extra kidney transplants were conducted via living donors making an overall total of 146 kidney transplants in Ireland in 2008, the same amount as in 2006 and 2007.

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In 2007, the following number of transplants took place:     59 liver transplants:   4 lung transplants:     7 heart transplants:   146 kidney transplants (5 of which were via living donors):      5 pancreas transplants

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In 2006, the Mater Hospital performed its first double lung transplant and one year later, the first Cystic Fibrosis lung transplant was performed there. In 2007, St. Vincent’s Hospital carried out its 500th liver transplant.

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There are currently 650 patients awaiting transplantation in Ireland. One donor can potentially help nine other people. In recent years there was on average 80 donations in Ireland a year resulting in approximately 250 transplants being performed.

All organ donations in Ireland are coordinated through the Irish Organ Procurement Office at Beaumont Hospital. Strict ethical guidelines protect the interests of organ donors, their families and transplant recipients, and anonymity is maintained regarding the identity of the donor and recipients.

If you wish to become an organ donor after your death you should inform your next-of-kin of your intentions. In Ireland, consent is never presumed, even if a donor card has been signed. Your next-of-kin would always be consulted and asked for consent in order for donation to proceed.

The majority of the world’s religions support organ donation.

Read details of the world's history of organ donation and transplantation:

http://www.donatelifeny.org/all-about-transplantation/organ-transplant-history/

Check out our links page for web sites with additional information on organ transplants.

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