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Bill opens way to organ harvesting

With 2,000 Ukrainians hoping for a heart transplant every year, no surgeries for transplantation of organs from the deceased were performed in the country over the last 5 years due to absence of an adequate legislation, according to KW.

To stem the tide, the nation’s lawmakers are looking to question the notion of presumption of disagreement to presumption of agreement, i.e., every diseased Ukrainian may become a potential donor after their brain is declared dead - unless they or their relatives have stated otherwise, KW reported this week.

The new bill on transplantation of organs submitted to the Verkhovna Rada already raised questions among patients’ rights activists as to how many organ donor stations there will be, how it will be done, where all the information about the donor will be stored and how one can file a letter of refusal.

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