CGCS/214 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, May 22, 2021 – With several minutes of applause, the organ donor was given a farewell this Saturday at the facilities of the General Hospital of San Miguel de Allende “Dr. Felipe G. Dobarganes”. He is a 48-year-old San Miguel de Allende native from a ranchería, from whom it was possible to procure both kidneys, corneas, and skeletal muscle tissue. Before being passed on to the health care procuring department, he was bid farewell by his relatives in the corridors of the hospital in an atmosphere of sadness, but a lot of pride because he has become an organ donor to give life to other people on the waiting list for a transplant. His family was given a cape with the legend “Hero Donor of Life”, which was placed to cover the coffin.
The team of the State Transplant Center continues to promote donation despite the low number of donors due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Health of Guanajuato informs that the project “Taking care of my transplant” remains in force, which allows to provide immunosuppressant medication for up to 12 months to patients who have received a transplant and avoid graft rejection.
It is worth mentioning that in this pandemic year Guanajuato ranked second in organ donation among all the states, only behind Mexico City. Likewise, the state ranked second in deceased donor kidney transplants, only behind Mexico City. During this year, some transplant recipients lost their jobs and their right to social security. to support the transplanted population without social security, a modification was made to the rules of operation. The modification consisted of providing immunosuppressant medication for an additional period of 3 months, with the possibility of extending it to 6 months, thus contributing to the protection of the transplanted organ and the patient’s survival. Through this program, 95 patients received support during 2020, and the kidney transplant program for children under 18 years of age was reactivated at the Pediatric Hospital of Leon.
In Guanajuato, organ donation is a content phenomenon that arises on the floors, emergency rooms, or intensive therapies of hospitals, therefore there is the figure of donation coordinators in hospitals that monitor potential donors, supported by the active donation program in which the donation culture is immersed.