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A study conducted by a team of clinicians from NUCOT found that there were no cases of liver donor deaths among 204 procedures performed by NUCOT and there were less than 10 per cent of donors experiencing complications which were largely minor. A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT also noted that online appeals have resulted in more people coming forward to donate their livers to strangers in recent years. A/Prof Shridhar hopes that the study will assure the public it is safe to be a living liver donor in Singapore.
The Sunday Times also noted that since 1990, there has been more than 500 liver transplants from both living and deceased donors in Singapore, with most of these procedures performed by NUCOT.
The Sunday Times also featured NUCOT's altruistic donor Mr Sakthibalan Balathandautham who encouraged people who wish to donate their livers or other organs, such as kidneys or pancreas, to consult their doctors to check on their suitability. He added that potential donors should do so only when they feel confident about it and are able to spare the time for the procedure and recovery. He noted that donations require a lot of commitment and the donor has to be healthy.
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