Spain has a lesson for the rest of the world about organ donation

Surgeons Lloyd Ratner (R) and Karim Zalazun (L) harvest a donor kidney for patient Andrew Abernathy, who participated in a five-way organ transplant swap, in New York, August 1, 2012. Abernathy's partner David Ferguson donated a kidney for transplant to a stranger while at the same time someone else donated a kidney to Abernathy as part of chain of kidney donations that allowed five people to receive a transplanted kidney over a two day period. The health dangers for kidney donors is believed to be low. The risk of death from the surgery is 1 in 1,700, according to the National Kidney Foundation, and life expectancy is said to be unchanged with one kidney. Picture taken August 1, 2012. To match story USA-KIDNEY/SWAP   REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - GM2E884068Y01

High donation levels have not only health benefits, but also economic ones. Image: REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - GM2E884068Y01

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Spain had 46.9 donors per million people (pmp) in 2017. Image: International Registry in Organ Donation and Transplantation
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