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So far this year, only 35 patients have been transplanted and almost 250 are still on the donor waiting list, according to statistics from the National Institute of Ablation and Transplantation (INAT).

Dr. Gustavo Melgarejo, director of INAT, points out that this year there was practically no variation regarding the behavior of donations than in previous years when there were many covid-19 cases, for which he reiterated that the population must know the importance of this act of love, which has the noble purpose of saving lives.

“The idea is to promote and raise awareness about the donation of organs and tissues and take advantage of the date so that people who were benefited give their testimony and what constitutes the fact of having been transplanted. We want to give it a human meaning and talk about a reality that someone who never happened will never be able to size up”, says Dr. Melgarejo.

In this sense, on Saturday, July 9, National Transplant Day, they will carry out an awareness day at Paseo La Galería, Level 1, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Since the main message is one of gratitude to those who donated their organs, during the event the experiences of people who received a transplant will be shared and they thank the anonymous donors who gave them a new chance at life. Messages from those who work every day in the health system to make transplants possible are also added.

TESTIMONIALS: “Donation is a second chance at life”

Tatiana Benítez, from San Lorenzo, had a heart transplant at the age of 6. She has been 15 years. According to her testimony, thanks to that second opportunity, she was able to develop her childhood and adolescence in a normal way and now she is a 21-year-old woman. She leaves a message to relatives of deceased people who can be organ donors: “It is very difficult to put yourself in the place of a person who has lost a loved one, but you must always keep in mind that a decision can save the life of another person. . The problem is that here in Paraguay there is still a lot of misinformation and it is our duty, as transplant recipients and doctors, to talk more about donation and transplantation”, she points out.

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Diego Vera (41) was on the verge of death after an irregular puncture of one of his kidneys, for which he had to receive a transplant. The surgery was a success 11 years ago, so he has been able to lead a normal life ever since. “I was transplanted on April 13, 2011 and thank God I am very well. I tell people to donate their organs to those in need, so I can save the lives of people on the waiting list.”

In her turn, Luz Salinas (21), a native of San Ignacio, Misiones, received a kidney transplant on December 8, 2016. Almost six years after that day, she expresses her joy at being able to lead a normal life: “ My life has changed and improved a lot, now I can do things that I couldn’t do before because I was on dialysis,” she says. She urges relatives of patients and potential donors “to say yes to life, just as they gave me the opportunity, there are other people who need it.” She recalls that “when you decide to donate, you are giving a second chance at life to that person who is struggling day by day to survive.”

Mr. Alberto López, a 48-year-old heart transplant recipient, benefited from a donation almost four years ago. He comments that although the moments he spent since 2011 waiting for a heart were very hard, he feels grateful today to be able to do little things like walk, run or climb stairs without getting tired quickly. “I can do these things that are normal for healthy people, but for me they are wonderful things. I cannot express in words the emotion of being alive and feeling the affection of my family.” For this reason, he urges people who have in their hands to donate: “Organ donation is the purest, most generous, supportive and loving act that a person can do to help 6 to 8 people, with the in order to continue living or improve their quality of life.

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Palacio de López illuminated in green

On the occasion of National Transplant Day, from Sunday, July 3, the Palacio de López will light up green, to raise awareness about transplantation, as well as honoring and thanking all the people who recovered their health and saved their lives thanks to the donors.