The fiftieth anniversary of Eurotransplant, a non-profit organization for donation and allocation of organs for transplantation, in which Croatia is one of the most successful members, was marked in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.
More than 400 experts from around the world gathered for the jubilee conference, among them also those from Croatia. King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexender attended the ceremonies, while a special guest was Croatian Health Minister Milan Kujundžić who gave a presentation on Croatian achievements in transplantation medicine, where Croatia ranks among the top in the world.
For several years Croatia has been the country with the most liver transplants per million inhabitants. The Merkur Clinical Hospital Centre, which conducts between 90 and 95 percent of liver transplants in Croatia, has been conducting between 115 and 120 liver transplants each year for the past four or five years. The hospital also conducts kidney transplants and combined kidney and pancreas or liver and kidney transplants as well as other multi-organ transplants.
“According to the number of liver transplants, the Merkur Clinical Hospital Centre is by volume the biggest centre within Eurotransplant,” said Dr. Branislav Kocman, a transplantation surgeon and the head of the Centre for Transplantations at the Merkur Clinical Hospital.