More Teenagers Willing to Donate Organs

  • By Heo Sang-woo

    October 28, 2020 12:06

    The number of teenagers who have signed up for organ donation has increased significantly.

    The Korean Network for Organ Sharing said 3,225 youngsters aged 16-18 signed up between August last year and July this year, a 14.7-fold jump from just 219 the previous year.

    But overall the number of potential organ donors dropped 16 percent to 76,389.

    High school students pose with cards given to organ donors after signing their donation pledges in Seoul in September.

    A KONOS staffer praised the young donors for signing up voluntarily "although there are neither benefits nor rewards."

    Nearly all organ donation pledges are made through KONOS, an agency commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Pledges are not legally binding and the family can refuse if a would-be donor dies.

    Donors can also cancel their own pledge any time. A mere 8.68 people per 1 million population donate their organs in Korea, far fewer than 48.9 in Spain and 36.88 in the U.S.

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