American teacher donates organs after death to save more lives in China

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/12 21:03:39

Organs of a 41-year-old American teacher who died in East China's Jiangsu Province on Wednesday were donated according to his wishes.

Amery Scott from Washington state, US was an English teacher in Changshu city, Northeast China's Jilin Province. He suffered a stroke on the night of Oct. 1 and was pronounced brain death on Tuesday.

Scott's kidney and corneas have been used to save Chinese patients' lives, said a doctor with the affiliated hospital of Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu.

According to Suzhou's Red Cross Society, Scott was the 41th organ donor and the first foreign donor in the city.

Scott's mother said his son has made a right decision, disclosing that he agreed to donate his organs while applying for a driving license in the US.

On October 1, China's National Day, Scott posted a picture of him holding a small Chinese national flag at his WeChat moments and wrote, "My greatest hope today is that both the country I come from and the country where I am now continue to grow in peace and prosperity, Happy National Day!"

China stopped the use of organs from executed prisoners for transplant surgery on January 1, 2015, and voluntary donations from citizens have become the only source.

The country had the most deceased organ donors in Asia and the second highest number around the world at the end of 2016 after the United States, statistics indicated.

According to China Organ Transplant Development Foundation (COTDF), China saw more than 9,996 people donate their organs after death and 27,631 organs were given to other patients as of  December 2016.

Global Times

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