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Panel discussion on transplantation at the MMA

06. 10. 2023

The Panel Discussion of the Association "Together for a New Life" as part of the celebration of the European Donor Day was held at the Military Medical Academy.
To raise awareness about the importance of transplantation and organ donation, and in the presence of representatives of the Republic Health Insurance Fund, the Department of Biomedicine of the Ministry of Health, the Department of Military Healthcare and the Ministry of Health, representatives of associations, friends, and associates, the results of the transplantation program of the Ministry of Health in previous years were emphasized, and there was also talk about the challenges faced by both the profession and patients waiting for transplant treatment.
After the lectures of nephrologist MMA Colonel Assoc. Dr. Neven Vavić and Dr. Jelena Tadić on the results of living kidney transplants and therapeutic protocols in this military health facility, vascular surgeon colonel assistant. Dr. Momir Šarac and coordinator of organ donation MMA, anesthesiologist LtCol Assoc. Dr. Goran Rondović shared their experiences so far. Leaving key messages and appealing to the general public that "one yes" can save several lives, and that support for the transplant program is necessary at all levels, special emphasis was placed on the topic of determining brain death as an insufficiently known term, which due to prejudices can influence the family's decision-making in the most difficult moments.
Talking about their struggles during the treatment process and making important life decisions made a special impression on behalf of the "Together for a New Life" Association, Željka Bojić and Olivera Jovanović, patients waiting for transplant treatment, Jasmina Matić, an organ donor to her spouse, Lazar Čolić and Mladen Todić, patients who live thanks to transplantation.
The event is a continuation of the "You're still a trace of me" campaign, which was launched a year ago and is one of the continuous activities of the Association, which emphasizes how society and the individual can influence citizens' awareness of the importance of the republic's transplant and organ donation program.

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