Five years after the sanction of the Law 27,447 on Organ, Tissue and Cell Transplantationbetter known as the “Justina Law”, which are fulfilled this Tuesday, July 4, the rate of interruptions in donation processes due to family opposition, which previously stood at around 40% at the national level, was reduced to 10%, a decrease considered as one of the “most immediate and notable impacts” of the regulations, the president of Incucai, Carlos Soratti, assured Télam.
Law 27,447, unanimously approved on July 4, 2018, abolished the requirement for family certification that the deceased person had not expressed a “last will” in which he was opposed to the donation. This In this way, all Argentines over the age of 18 become organ donors, unless otherwise specified. This law was inspired by the struggle of Justina Locane , a 12-year-old girl who died waiting for a heart transplant. The girl waited for the intervention for 4 months and she was admitted to the Favaloro Foundation but the organ did not arrive and her state of health weakened
In an interview with Télam, the president of the Instituto Nacional Central Único Coordinador de Ablation e Implante (Incucai) highlighted the main achievements of the law, which allowed a comprehensive reform and analyzed the challenges to reduce waiting times in hospitals. transplant processes.
“Abolishing the requirement for family certification led to an important increase in the number of donors in Argentina and those interruptions due to family opposition, as it was called then, were reduced,” said the doctor specializing in Intensive Care.