The parents of little Antoine, very marked by the death of their first child when he was only 23 days, call for organ donation to save their son, suffering from the same heart problem.
Aged a month and hospitalized at the cardiological hospital in Bron, near Lyon, Antoine needs "a new heart to continue living". The little boy "was only three days old when the doctors told us that a heart failure prevented his heart from contracting properly," his father Kevin Chalaye told AFP. "They added that the heart would eventually weaken and the organs it irrigates and that Antoine's only chance of survival was a transplant."
But such an operation is difficult to perform on a baby as young. Likewise, the compatibility criteria are very precise. The waiting time for an organ donation is on average seven months. "Compatible" donors must weigh between 2.5 kilograms and 8 kilograms and be less than one year old, says the father.
"I need a new heart to continue living"
To speed up the process and raise public awareness of organ donation, the parents of the newborn have created a Facebook page called "a heart for Antoine" and which already counts more than 10,000 subscribers. They write: "My name is Antoine, I was born on November 22, 2018 and my heart is sick like my older brother Gabriel, who did not have the time to know much about life. 23 days ... I need a new heart to continue living Transplantation is my only chance ... Think about organ donation, someone you love might need it someday ... "
According to Kevin Chalaye, about "two in three parents refuse to have their child a donor." It is already very painful to lose a child, so if you are asked to take his heart, obviously it is not easy to accept (...) But only one sensitized person can save a child ".
More than 6,000 transplants performed in 2017
In 2017, for the first time in France, the bar of 6000 organ transplants per year has been exceeded. In detail, 6105 transplants were performed last year, 3.5% more than in 2016 and 19% more than in 2013. The most common transplant remains the kidney transplant, which accounts for nearly two thirds of all transplants, with 3782 operations performed, including 611 thanks to a living donor, specifies this agency that ensures the distribution and allocation of organs to people in need. Then come the liver transplants (1374 transplants, 18 performed with a living donor) and heart (467 transplants). Also in 2017 were 378 lung transplants, 96 pancreas, 6 heart-lungs and 2 intestines.
Since the 1st January 2016, in order to reduce the number of refusals to collect, all French people are automatically considered to be presumed organ donors after their death, unless declared otherwise in the Official Register of Refusals. "Before, if the deceased was not registered in the Official Register of Refusals, the family could express their disagreement orally.Now, relatives must write a letter describing when the deceased mentioned not wanting to give his organs, and why, "detailed Serge Goutchtat, president of the Association for the donation of organs and human tissues of Haute-Garonne (ADOT 31) to The Dispatch at the time of entry into force of the law on 1 January 2017.