The Organ Donation Centre of Thai Red Cross Society has appealed to members of the public to pledge organ donations so that there will be organs for transplant.
The centre director, Dr Visit Thitawat, said Sunday that there are about 5,000 patients waiting for donated organs to be transplanted, with 85 percent of them in need of kidney transplants followed by liver transplants.
He disclosed that an average of three patients on the waiting list of donated organs die every week because there are not enough donated organs.
Donated organs which can be used for transplants must come from the deceased with brain death and that there must be a consent from the families of the donors.
One of the organ recipients, Mr Rahat Udomvej, said that he suffered from heart problem since he was 13, making him easily exhausted and unable to live a normal life. However, he said after he underwent heart transplant about a year ago, he felt stronger and was able to live a normal life though he had to take medication on regular basis to suppress bodily resistance to the new organ.
A total of 5,581 patients were on the waiting list for organ transplants last year. Of these, only 512 patients have received donated organs for transplants.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)