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Archive for May, 2011

Swedes have heart; ’till death don’t they part.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

30 Swedes die per year waiting in vain for an organ. According to the Swedish News Agency Swedes are among the lousiest in Europe to donate organs. (article in Swedish from another publication)

Spain topped the list at 34 donors per million while Swedes were at a miserly 14.

I’m a little surprised by the data since it seems the willingness to donate blood, plasma or platelets seems rather gung ho. And I don’t know Swedes to be too superstitious or burdened by medical fears or taboos.
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On the other hand, there aren’t many public drives to encourage donors. In Massachusetts when I got (yes, a very long time ago) and renewed my driver’s license I was asked if I wanted to be a donor and the sticker was attached to the license (not sure if they still offer this.) Since the best donors are often traffic victims it seems the best place to find a healthy and only slightly used organ.
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Perhaps a similar campaign would bring up donor numbers in Sweden.

Here’s the link to the donation registry of Sweden. I just signed up.

I know that if I go unexpectedly and there’s anything spare in/on me that can save a life –feel free to pass it on.

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