Budapest, December 12 (MTI) – Thanks to a 900 million forint (EUR 2.92m) investment in health care, lung transplants can now be done in Hungary, the government spokesman said on Friday.
Besides Austria, Hungary is the only country in the region where such operations can be done, Eva Kurucz told a press conference in the National Oncology Institute.
She noted that Hungary had become full member of Eurotransplant, the international organisation responsible for coordinating organ transplants, in May, 2013, increasing the possibility of Hungarian patients receiving a healthy organ.
Gabor Zombor, state secretary for health care, said that the state health budget would fund lung transplant operations. The development boosts the prestige of Hungarian health care as a whole, he added.
Since Hungary joined Eurotransplant, the number of organ transplants in the country has increased by 34 percent.
Ferenc Renyi-Vamos, a chief doctor with experience gained in transplants in Vienna, said that Budapest now has the same conditions as in the Austrian capital.
This year 20 Hungarians have received a new lung abroad, he said, adding hope that next year such transplants in Hungary could save another 40 lives.