JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16– There are approximately 4,300 people in South Africa awaiting life-saving organ or cornea transplant operations, with only 600 transplants taking place in a year, according to the country’s organ donation foundation.
Allen Ambor, of the #save7 Campaign, said Monday that there was a dire shortage of organ donors in South Africa. “We need people to sign up and become organ donors and for people to think of others.”
Ambor added that at least two independent doctors, who are not connected to the organ donor foundation, needed to certify that a person is brain dead before the vital organs can be harvested to help keep people who are suffering alive.
Only 0.2 per cent of the South Africa population is registered as organ donors. One organ donor can save up to seven lives.