Transplants (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL) Transplants (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL)

Croatia is a world leader in the field of organ transplantation. The Zagreb General Hospital alone performed eight kidney transplants and two heart transplants since January 1st; the first of which came only thirty minutes after midnight. Croatia is also a member of Eurotransplant, an international network of organ exchange whereby people across Europe can gain access to life-saving organs from other signatory countries.

"This is a huge success for Croatian medicine and our medical experts alike. Over a period of thirty-six hours, we managed to transplant seven kidney's, one after another, at the urology department at the Zagreb General Hospital," said Dr Željko Kaštelan.

Last year was a particularly successful year for transplants as ten percent more operations were performed compared to the previous year.

"We are the best among all members of Eurotransplant. And we are among the top five to ten medical centres in Europe and around the world when it comes to experience. Our results are very good," said the leader of the transplant team at the Merkur Clinical Hospital in Zagreb, Dr Branislav Kocman.

"We transplanted four livers and two kidney's already in 2019. While since Christmas Eve we performed twelve transplantations," added Dr Kocman.

Source: HRT