Women far more willing to donate organs, numbers show

08/25/2013 07:46 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Of the 620,000 people on Taiwan's organ donation list, 65 percent are women, which one expert says proves woman have bigger hearts than men.

Wu Ying-lai, secretary general of the Republic of China Organ Procurement Association, made the remarks as her association released a report on trends in local organ donation to mark its 20th anniversary on Sunday.

The trend is more pronounced in the largest demographic of organ donors, those aged 21-50, which features 2.2 times more women than men, Wu said, based on an analysis of the 223,250 people who have signed up for the national organ donation program in the past 10 years.

Looking at the data more closely, the largest groups of donors are women aged 31-40, followed by women aged 41-50, women aged 21-30, men aged 31-40, and men aged 41-50, she noted.

The anniversary also highlighted 20 young people who have singed up as organ donors.

Organizers said that their joining the program is a sort of coming-of-age ceremony not just for those 20 youths, but also for the program itself.

Meanwhile, association president Lung Chieh-chuan said that his association was working on a platform for both donors and receivers to have meaningful exchanges, as those who donate their organs want to see recipients living a good life afterwards.

Chu Feng-hui's terminally ill 3-year-old son donated his liver and two kidneys 20 years ago. Even though Chu misses the young boy, he said that it's comforting to think that you can help extend someone's life with your organs "once you can no longer use them yourself."

Tu Ching-tsung, a 57-year-old who received a kidney 28 years ago, said he has always been grateful for the improved quality of life offered by his "new" kidney.

Wu Chin-chih, another participant at the anniversary activity, told of how her family decided to donate her late husband's organs seven years ago.

When her husband died in a traffic accident, her children said, why not donate the organs which "would turn to dust after cremation anyway," she recounted.

She herself has survived two cancer attacks and considers herself terminally ill.

"I know what a gravely ill person needs," she added.

(By Lung Rui-yun and S.C. Chang)


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