Over 28,000 patients waiting for organ transplants in Turkey
İZMİR - Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoAround 28,500 patients are currently waiting for organ transplants in Turkey, according to data from the Health Ministry.
Some 21,629 of these patients are waiting for a kidney transplant, with 4,268 having applied for the operation since the beginning of this year.
Some 58,195 patients have been receiving dialysis treatment in one of Turkey’s 853 dialysis centers.
Some 4,520 organ transplant operations have been conducted in 2014, according to the ministry’s data.
Some 2,078 of 4,520 operations were for cornea transplants, while 1,702 were kidney operations, 670 were liver transplants, and 44 were heart transplants.
The numbers of patients currently waiting for cornea, liver and heart transplants is 3,798, 2,134 and 506 respectively.
More than 69,000 people across Turkey have donated their organs so far in 2014.
The Aegean province of İzmir tops the list with 11,047 people donating their organs. Istanbul follows İzmir with 9,448 donors, while Adana takes third place with 5,252 donors.