Portugal’s GNR police force transported 285 organs harvested for transplants between hospitals last year, mostly in and around the districts of Lisbon, Setúbal and Coimbra.
The GNR deployed 574 officers to transport the 285 organs ferried between units, covering some 43,284 kilometres. According to the GNR, the three districts that most requested organ transportations were Lisbon, Setúbal and Coimbra.
Since 2010, the force has ferried organs 1,690 times, involving more than 3,000 officers and covering over 270,000 kilometers – the same distance as a round-the-world trip. It has been the GNR’s job to transport organs between the country’s hospitals since 1994.
In related news, it seems altruism in Portugal reached new heights last year as never before have so many transplants and donations been registered. Last year, 410 people donated organs for transplants, 78 of which were live donations of kidneys and livers.
According to the Portuguese Institute for Blood and Transplants (IPST), 841 organs were transplanted between January and 20 December last year, 17 more than in 2015 and 94 more than in 2014.
Demand for lung and liver transplants were what grew most since 2011, last year 26 lung transplants were carried out in Portugal and predictions are that this year between 30 and 35 will be undertaken, from a list of around 50 patients awaiting the intervention.