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Turkish Pianist says, who is dear to her sister with her kidney: I love life more.

More than 26 thousand people in Turkey are waiting for organ donation. Famous names are also calling for donations. One of those names is a Pianist in Turkey who gave her kidney to her older sister. ’Every organ is a life,‘ she says, ’I’m starting to like life more,’

Turkey Medicals shared the data on organ donation and transplantation due to the November 3-9 Organ Donation Week of the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Accordingly, 26,894 people are waiting for organ transplants in Turkey. 2,376 Of them are in line for a new life, 22 thousand 775 of them are kidneys, 1,290 are hearts, 285 are pancreas, 157 are lungs, 8 are kidney-pancreas, 2 are heart valves, and 1 is for a small intestine transplant. By this time, it was reported that a total of 66,252 transplants had been performed, including 46,267 kidneys, 17,927 liver, 1,156 hearts, 343 heart valves, 307 lungs, 6 heart-lungs, 198 pancreas, 48 small intestine. However, the Ministry of Health announced that although the number of brain death cases had increased over the years, this was not reflected in the number of family leave.

As a result of organ donation week, the Ministry of Health in Turkey, as well as famous names, drew attention to those waiting for a transplant order and explained the importance of organ donation. The Turkish Pianist who became a kidney donor for her older sister, and 3 years ago after Turkish singer, asked to be a donor by giving an example from his own life.


Pianist’s older sister, 47, who lives in Istanbul, was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure 13 years ago. The young woman lived with her distressed kidney for 10 years. But during this time her kidney completely went bankrupt, and it was decided to have a kidney transplant. Turkish pianist decided to become a donor without thinking for a moment and gave her sister a kidney on November 20, 2019, who described the process she went through during the Organ Donation Week of November 3-9, spoke to Turkey Medicals:

“My sister was diagnosed with kidney failure 13 years ago. Thanks to her doctor, she lived with this kidney for many years. 3 years ago, there had to be a transplant now. I decided to give my kidney without thinking about it, but my only concern was that I was in the condition to give a kidney. I also had a health problem with my breast. In addition to such processes as surgery and radiotherapy, I had to use a drug for 5 years. After detailed examinations, they said that I would become a donor at the end. I’d say it was the best news I’ve ever heard. We were very lucky that the tissue harmony of the two brothers was almost as high as the mother-daughter harmony.


All examinations were performed before the operation. What our Turkish doctors tell me is ‘The priority is to protect your health.’ That was the purpose of the detailed scan that was done. The doctors said that they could not make me a donor if they thought that being a donor would pose a threat to my health even with a 0.1 percent probability. They even put me through a psychological observation to make sure I volunteered, asked cross-questions. The operation took place. My sister’s health is fine, and my life has not changed at all. If it were today, I would do the same thing again without even thinking about it for a second. I’m starting to like life more after the donation. Every organ is a life. It is difficult to find organs in Turkey and in many parts of the world. Society needs to be made aware of being an organ donor. You die and it’s all over for you, but thanks to the organs you donated, someone is alive. It’s so nice to even think about it. I’m glad I volunteered, I hope our number increases every day.”


President of the Turkish Society of Nephrology Professor Doctor also pointed out that at least 30 thousand chronic kidney failure patients are waiting for organs and said:

“Only 3,500 to 4,000 kidney transplants are performed per year. The number of kidney transplants in our country has increased 4-5 times in the last 10 years. In this increase, the increase in kidney transplants from a live donor is more prominent. While the majority of kidney transplants in the world are performed from a cadaver donor, 20 percent of the transplants performed in our country are performed from a cadaver. Progress needs to be made on the supply of cadaver donors. And the average annual number of kidney transplants before the pandemic was between 3,500 and 3,800, while last year it fell to 2,500. Moreover, transplants from the cadaver donor were more affected. The number of cadaver transplants, which was around 700-750 per year before the pandemic, fell to 259 last year.”


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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