The China Post staff
The Legislative Yuan (parliament) yesterday amended the Organ Donation Act to make more transplants among relatives possible. Previously a patient who needed an organ transplant has to find a donor from his or her “third-degree” kin who were above 20 years of age. For instance, a man is allowed to donate an organ to his grandfather’s brother or sister, but not to any of his grandfather’s cousins. The parliament amended the law at an evening session to partially relax the limits on the qualifications of organ donors. Those who are now waiting for an organ, according to the amended law, are allowed to find a donor from his or her “fifth-degree” relatives who are above 18 years of age. A second cousin once removed is a “fifth degree” relative.
The amendments are aimed to help the patients find suitable donors with less difficulty.