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First organ transplantation in Bulgaria after start of pandemic

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Heart and liver transplant operations have been performed in Bulgaria for the first time since January and after the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. In the hospitals of St. Ekaterina and Lozenets in Sofia, a 49-year-old man received a new heart and a 16-year-old girl had a liver transplant.

The two transplantations became possible after a donor situation in Pleven with a 25-year-old man who suffered brain death, the Medical Supervision Executive Agency announced. The donor's lung is prepared to be sent under the FOEDUS transplant program to a suitable patient in Italy, but the transfer was refused at the last minute.

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