Organs of English woman transplanted to three patients in southern Turkey
ANTALYA – Anadolu AgencyThe organs of an English tourist, who died of an apoplexy in the Alanya district of the Mediterranean province of Antalya, have been transplanted to three Turkish patients after the deceased’s family granted their consent.
Two kidneys and the liver of 44-year-old Natasha Natalie Anderson were transplanted to three patients in both Antalya and the southern province of Isparta after her family gave consent.
“With the consent of her family, the Antalya Organ Transplantation Coordination [Center] was informed about the situation,” said Tayfun Birtay, the organ transplantation coordinator of the Başkent University’s Alanya branch hospital.
Birtay said one of Anderson’s kidneys was transplanted to a patient in the Süleyman Demirel University Hospital in Isparta, the other kidney was transplanted to a patient in the Medical Park Hospital in Antalya, and the liver was transplanted to another patient being treated in the Medical Park Hospital in Antalya.
He also said the family had given its consent for the transplant after just a five-minute talk, adding that foreigners are “more sensitive and informed about the issue of organ donation.”
Back in 2013, Antalya broke a Guinness world record for signing up the most organ donors in a single hour during a special event organized by the local governor’s office with support from NGOs and health workers.
The organizers succeeded in collecting a total of 1,981 organ donations, a tally subsequently established as a new world record by Guinness representatives. Some 75 other applications were deemed invalid due to incomplete registration.