Spotlight on organ donation
For years, we have been hearing alarming reports about the shortage of donated organs in Sweden – and this in spite of most Swedes being positive about donating their organs after death. The barriers to organ donation have been both legal and linked to organisational difficulties, but now the bottlenecks are slowly being dissolved and the situation is improving for those patients who need new organs.
More organs on the way
Major changes are coming to the Swedish donation system. This can provide more organs from both living and deceased donors and have an impact on the transplantation waiting list.
“Healthcare institutions can assist in finding a living donor”
Eva Lagging is researching how healthcare institutions can assist in finding living donors.
More organs for transplantation with gentler techniques
Gabriel Oniscu is increasing access to organs for transplantation by using a technique that makes it possible to preserve, evaluate and improve organs outside the body before they are transplanted into the recipient.
“I am not righteous, brave nor tough"
Pernilla donated a kidney anonymously to an unknown recipient after reading on Facebook about a woman waiting for an organ transplant.
“I know life is fragile”
When Micaela became acute ill she received a new kidney from her grandmother. After the operation her strength returned and she is now working as a communicator for the organisation "Mer Organdonation (MOD).
“I want Embla’s memory to live on”
After talking to a wise relative, Magnus decided to let his daughter, who had passed away in a traffic accident, donate her organs to other children.
“Transplantation only in complicated cases”
Senior physician, Torbjörn Lundgren, perform both full pancreas transplants and transplants of insulin-producing cells from the islets of Langerhans on patients suffering from diabetes.
The Swedish national donor register
The organ donor register is managed by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. Anyone with Swedish identification number can join the register, regardless of age, illness or lifestyle. Information in Swedish.