2,500 Kidney Transplants per Year

2,500 Kidney Transplants per Year2,500 Kidney Transplants per Year

Annually, more than 2,500 kidney transplant surgeries are performed on patients with organ failure at 26 specialized centers across the country, 10 of which are located in Tehran.

In the past 20 years, more than 30,000 kidney transplant surgeries have been performed, said Dr Mohammad Kazemeini, head of the Organ Transplant Management Center at the Health Ministry, on Tuesday.

“Only half of all transplanted kidneys are from brain-dead donors and the remaining are from living donors, of whom 13% are patients’ relatives and 81% are unrelated,” ISNA quoted him as saying.

He denied reports of “shady kidney transplant surgeries” and said the sensitive surgical procedure can be performed only in well-equipped and specialized centers, ISNA reported.

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