In Mexico, multiple organ transplants are not a common occurrence. However, the organ transplant team at Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico is among the most experienced in the world. Organ donation is not common in Mexico. However, thanks to some generous organ donors, their gift of life helps others to survive, even after their death. This remarkable story of a multiple organ transplant begins with a young schoolteacher and her family’s decision to donate her organs after her death.
An unfortunate event led to the death of a 35-year-old school teacher in Tijuana, Mexico. After feeling a strong pain in the back of her head, the young woman was admitted to a local hospital, where she died three hours later from hemorrhage.
In Mexico, in the case of death and without written consent of the deceased, the family decides if the organs of the deceased can be donated. Fortunately the teacher, who had suffered from a previous medical condition, had talked with her family about her desire to be an organ donor if anything should happen to her. When her family was consulted, permission to donate her organs was granted.
Dr. César Eduardo González of Almater Hospital in Mexicali performed the multiple transplants. Almater’s skilled surgical team has performed many renal (kidney) transplants, but these are typically with living kidney donors who are related to the recipient. Always at the forefront of cutting edge medical progress in Mexico, Almater Hospital was the only hospital considered to perform this complex multiple organ transplant.
After the removal of the viable organs, Dr. Gonzalez ordered the transportation of the kidneys to the Tijuana Nephrology Institute where arrangements were coordinated with the recipients. Because these organs have a limited timeline for use, the State Police Department assisted in the transportation of both the organs and the doctor to Tijuana with a police escort, where Dr. González successfully performed the multiple transplant procedures. The names of the recipients were not released.
In Mexico, as in most of the world, the number of people who need organ transplantation far exceeds the number of organ donors. In Mexico, due to social and religious customs, organ donation is uncommon. This is why this young woman’s decision and the permission granted by the family were exceptional and a great step towards a positive change toward increased acceptance of organ donation in Mexico.