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“We based our system on the American system United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) after we researched the organ transplant policies of 15 countries and found that the transplant situation and geographical conditions in China were similar to those in the US,” Wang Haibo, director of the COTRS Research Center, headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
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New automated system seeks to allow patients fairer access to donated organs
By Wang Weilan in Shenzhen
Source – Global Times, published July 9, 2013
Pan Daxiang (left), who donated part of her liver and a kidney to her son Chen Kai, holds Chen’s hand on May 8 after successful transplant operations in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Photo: CFP
After 6-year-old girl Shanshan from Hunan Province was confirmed to be brain dead in a Guangzhou hospital earlier this year, her parents allowed for her organs to be harvested and successfully transplanted into three patients. Her two kidneys went to two patients in Guangzhou and her liver went to a patient in Chongqing.
The girl’s organs were allocated through a national computerized system for organ donation and transplant – China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS), which was launched in April 2011.
China’s public organ donations are operated by the Red Cross and donated organs are allocated within the hospitals that harvest them.
The practice of allocating donated organs through a computerized system is expected to address lingering issues of unfairness and raise people’s awareness about organ donation. However, there is still a long way to go before the national allocation system becomes fully accepted and mandatory.
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