Organs removed from the body of tenor Salvatore Licitra, declared brain-dead yesterday morning, have already saved three patients on the waiting lists, said the Regional Transplant Centre.
His liver was transplanted at Ismett di Palermo to a 53 year-old patient from Catania. Also at Ismett the left kidney was given to a 57 year-old man from Palermo. The other kidney was transplanted at Civico di Palermo to a 37 year-old from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Messina.
Licitra’s corneas have been deposited in the eye-bank of the Cervello Hospital in Palermo. His heart and lungs were not suitable for a transplant.
Outside the hospital his brother, Fabio, made a statement:
The donation of my brother’s organs are of little consolation to us, but it is very important because for all his life he was always generous with everyone. Those who knew him were fortunate and therefore my mother and I wanted this: to continue to help and give the best of him, everything, because in the theatre, and not only, that is what he did.
Salvatore was a wonderful person in everything he did. The only consolation today is that someone might once again see through his eyes.”
via Il Mattino