They are foreigners, but they call Costa Rica their home. Thanks to a decision they made, their organs could save Costa Rican lives.
It is of 67,500 foreigners who when they first obtain residency card or renew to the Directorate of Immigration, responded affirmatively that they wanted to be donors.
That determination could benefit, 660 Costa Ricans who are waiting for a transplant.
From 2006 Migration incorporated the question of donation forms.
Among the potential donors is 33,500 women and 34,000 men. Mainly from Nicaragua (73.8%), Colombia (7.4%) and USA (3.2%).
Freddy Montero, Deputy Director of Immigration, said that in general, most foreigners who come here are Nicaraguans and they are prepared to donate, most are aged between 31 and 50 years of age.
According to Montero, consultation with the foreigners was based on Article 11 of Law on the authorization to transplant organs.
“We have established coordination with the CCSS and the Ministry of Health to make available this data base,” said Montero.
At the same time, said the lack of public policy and information, Costa Rica has very few donors.
“Our rate is three donors per million inhabitants, is extremely low. There are many people who are dying for lack of organs. In other countries such as Uruguay, the rate is 16 per million, and Spain is 40 per million, “he said.
According to the Social Security Fund (CCSS), last year died 22 people who were waiting a transplant.
Today, 492 people are waiting for corneas, 126 waiting for a kidney, and 48 waiting for a liver. For this information, the Fund had not updated the number of who need a new heart.
The Deputy Director of Immigration reported that next month the institution will send the information of residents to the Liaison Office of the CCSS interhospital on donation and transplantation.
Marvin Aguero, transplant coordinator, said the work that Immigration is making will help build awareness in the Costa Rican population.