Japan Faces Challenge of Securing Skin Donors

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--People who suffered burns in the July 2019 deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio were treated with cryopreserved skin from third parties.

With the number of people who agree to donate their skin after death on the decline, the Japan Skin Bank Network is calling for cooperation from citizens, noting that skin grafting is essential to saving lives.

In the arson attack two years ago, 36 people were killed and 32 were injured.

The network provided skin to two victims who suffered severe burns. After multiple graft operations, one of them escaped death.

The organization removes skin from the donor within 12 hours of death and preserves the skin at a temperature of minus 190 degrees Celsius. It provides such skin to people under threat of their lives due to extensive burns in response to requests from about 80 registered medical institutions.

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