World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation
World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation is held on October 17. This event in the second decade of the month October is annual. Help us
Richard Lawler, Dr. James West and Dr. Raymond Murphy performed the first successful kidney transplant at Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, IL. The patient, Ruth Tucker, was a 49-year-old with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). 95% of people support organ donation. Every day, men, women and children die because they could not be transplanted in time, while medicine would have been able to save them.
One person can save eight lives and enhance 75 others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Nearly 114,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant, nearly 22,000 live in California. An organ transplant is their only remaining medical option.
Since 2005, WHO has promulgated World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation. It is held annually on 17 October. This day was part of an alarmist observation: in 2005, there were only 4238 organ transplants performed while nearly 12 000 patients needed a transplant.
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World Menopause Day on October 18 (doctors call for women to take action at menopause, to prevent health problems in later life);
Women's Global Happiness Day on October 18 (directed against the epidemic of depression among women. The idea that arose in 2017 belongs to Carin Rockind)