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Australia donates 20,000 square centimetres of skin to NZ volcano victims

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 12, 2019 14:40

Australia donates 20,000 square centimetres of skin to NZ volcano victims

The Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales donated 20,000 square centimeters of skin to New Zealand volcano victims to help patients who have life-threatening burns.

Head of the Donor Tissue Bank Of Victoria, Stefan Poniatowski, said that the skin will be grafted onto the wounds of patients. Donors can donate tissue and skin when they die and Poniatowski said donor families get some comfort from the fact that something good has come out of the tragic loss of their loved one.

Many of the injured are being treated for severe burns, and medical officials are importing some 1.2 million square cm  of skin. The amount of skin needed equates to about 60 donors.

In New Zealand, only five to 10 people donate skin each year, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.Teams of surgeons in several burns units around the country were working around the clock.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 12, 2019 14:40