Friday, May 25, 2007

Organ Donors swamp hospitals in aftermath of pop star's death

A young singer called Grégory Lemarchal died in April. He suffered all his life with "mucoviscidose" a genetic lung disease that I can't find a translation for. He was 19 when he won the television talent show "Star Acadamy" in 2004.

He had been waiting for a lung transplant when he died, but there were none available because of the lack of donors.
The agency for organ and tissue transplants - la Fédération des associations pour le don d'organes et des tissus humains (ADOT) says that since his death there have been 33000 demands for donor cards, compared with 54000 for the whole of 2006.
He was a good singer, and for someone with a terminal lung disease he could push out a big sound.


At 9:16 pm, Blogger Matthew said...

mucoviscidose = cystic fibrosis?

At 12:46 pm, Blogger Stew said...

matthew - quite right.
Google translator is completely useless, rendering "cystic fibrosis" as "fibrose cystique"


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