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The Journal Of Medicine And Public Health

The Journal of Medicine and Public Health established contact with Dr. Juan Vicente Del Rio Martín, clinical director of the Transplant Center of the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, to explore the situation of organ transplants on the island after the passage of the last hurricanes. Although the doctor acknowledges that the situation has been critical, due to the blockage of some routes and the instability of communications, he affirms that the center has not stopped receiving organs, nor has he ruled them out due to logistical problems.

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Organ Provider Agency

It was practically impossible to maintain communications with the organ provider agency, so we were prepared from the beginning to face that, in fact, in the surgical part we were busy doing urgent surgery, more general medicine, oncological type in patients they were coming to us with droppers, “says Del Rio.

On October 13, the first transplant was performed after the hurricane. This was a liver transplant and from that day until today, three other similar interventions have been made, meeting the goal of 4 transplants per month.

The transport of these organs, although difficult, has not been impossible. They have even used helicopters from the police and the army for this purpose. The communication has been constant with the mayors of the municipalities of the island to establish a relationship between donors and recipients.

The work of the Transplant Center has not stopped, a total of 4 liver transplants, 10 or 12 kidney transplants and other interventions such as oncology surgeries for pancreatic and hepatic pathology.

Patients On The Kidney

At the moment, on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there are about 529 people; 18 patients on the liver waiting list, 11 patients with a pancreas kidney transplant and 500 patients on the kidney list.

Del Rio remembers that 100% of the medical and human teams are working in the Transplant Center, to provide their services without any type of limitation.

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