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Uruguay will enable cross-organ donation between non-relatives

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uruguay's waiting list of patients for organ or tissue transplants currently stands at almost 480 people. In 2018, 158 kidney, 14 heart, 5 lung and 24 liver transplants were performed, according to Uruguay's National Institute of Cell, Tissue and Organ Donation and Transplantation.

Regarding kidney transplants, children have an average waiting time of 1 and a half year, if designated as priority cases. While the transplant does not take place, patients must undergo dialysis. In fact, the National Resources Fund invests US$60 million to finance this type of treatment. Many of these patients . . .

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