For Carlos Slim Foundation (CSF), its participation in this ground breaking sequential surgery, through financially supporting the participants, represents a great source of pride.
A sequential transplantation works very simply: If a person wishes to donate an organ to another person in need, both must first undergo a series of compatibility tests. If the donor cannot donate to the receiver due to genetic or blood type issues, other people in a similar situation are searched. Based on compatibility tests, donors and receivers are assigned optimally with the aim of benefiting the greatest number of people requiring a transplant.
“Between fifty and sixty specialists, doctors, nurses, social workers, assistants, etcetera, are required to achieve a successful sequential transplant, but it certainly is an excellent option for those whose only chance of life is a transplant. Through chain transplantation, the possibility of receiving more quickly the needed organ is found,” Dr. Mario Vilatoba Chapa said, Head of Transplants at the National Institute of Nutrition.
CSF has worked for over the past ten years promoting donation and supporting transplants through its program Kidney Health and Transplantation. Working in partnership with National Health Institutes and State Governments, the Foundation provides financial resources to support transplant surgeries in the country.
Moreover, through the portal Héroes por la Vida (Heroes for Life), the Foundation seeks to create a strong culture of organ donation within the community. In the web address: www.heroesporlavida.org, it is found all the information required if a person wishes to be a donor. Also, people waiting for a transplant can obtain the basic information required in their case.
“In Mexico we have 12 thousand people waiting for a kidney. Only three thousand transplants performed annually. Although this number has been growing, there is still a big gap. A chain is an option to start closing that gap, but it is necessary to undergo a complete analysis process from the clinical and medical parts. The whole process took these couples eight to ten months,” said Ricardo Mujica, Executive Director of the Carlos Slim Foundation.
The Foundation is very interested in promoting this type of chain transplant, and achieve someday that it becomes a common practice to solve the great challenge Mexico is facing on transplantation.
The FCS support mechanism is carried out by signing agreements in which the Foundation provides financial resources to state governments and the National Institutes of Health.
“Today, after 85 days of my transplant, I have no discomfort. I’m in perfect health and emotionally stable. I want to raise a family, grow at work, travel, in other words, continue living. This is a very good solution for people who are in a critical situation by requiring an organ to continue living. However, hopefully these efforts will translate into a greater awareness of cadaveric donation, which can help more people in shorter time. Because when you need an organ to continue living, what you do not have is time,” said Alberto Yarza, one of the receivers benefited from this first case of sequential transplant in Mexico.