While we wait for a transplantation, it would be helpful to become familiar with a few things. The first thing is what the law states on transplantations in the Republic of Serbia. The second thing is the difference between a kidney from a cadaver, and a kidney from a living donor.

The law of transplantation: 

“24.08.2018. The Serbian parliament passed the transplantation of human organs act and the human cells and tissues act. The transplantation of human organs act created a framework for organ transplantations, the key innovation being the simplified consent to becoming a donor. With the new act in place, every person of age is treated as a potential donor, unless they opt out. This is in contrast to the antiquated process which preceded it, in which donors had to opt in instead of out. Of course, this doesn’t mean that people are subjected to donating your organs against their will, or the will of their family members.

If anyone wishes to opt out of becoming a donor, the course of action they should take is a verbal or formal request at the appropriate regulatory body in charge of applying the law.

The main reason for the passing of the act is the need to increase organ donations, increase the number of successful organ transplants, and decreasing time spent on the waiting list for a new organ. The act clearly defines the terms for donorship including, but not limited to, giving, receiving, testing, processing, storing, distribution and application of human cells and tissues living or dead ” 

With this act, the aim is to increase the number of organs donated from cadavers (organs from deceased people), but it has not. The mentality of our people is not a giving one regarding organs of loved ones, and very few family members even consider saving a life of another (if the cost is a kidney, a heart, a liver which is of no use to them or the person they love so dearly). Even the church supported transplantations, which means they’re safe even in God’s eyes. A lot of people wrongly believe that a kidney from a cadaver “doesn’t last as long”. This is simply not true; there are plenty of factors which affect the life of a new organ, so many one could say that it’s a question of luck or destiny. 

I was given a kidney by my father in 1994. He was as good a donor as one could wish for. The kidney started working while I was on the operating table. I was young, and didn’t bother with the technique and problems of a transplantation. All that mattered to me was that I was put to sleep and that the scar could be hidden when I wore my bikini. Very superficial, wouldn’t you agree? But not for one minute, one second, did I doubt the outcome of the transplantation. I believe that is the most crucial thing. Faith. Complete and total faith. When you’re young it’s easy, and as you get older it gets harder. That, and only that is the key to success. Everything else is medicine, it’s just down to the technique.

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