Most Transplant Recipients in One Place: Baskent University Breaks World Record
On May 12, 2018, Baskent University set out to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of organ transplant recipients in one place at one time.
457 transplant patients from all four corners of Turkey travelled to Ankara to take part in the "New Life Journey: Atatürk Walk and Run" organized by Başkent University at their Bağlıca Campus in Ankara. The organization was carried out according to Guinness World Records specifications, and the final tally of participants was 307 kidney recipients, 148 liver recipients, 1 heart and kidney recipient, and 1 kidney and liver recipient. All of them had their transplants performed at one of the Başkent University Hospitals throughout Turkey – Ankara, Istanbul, Adana, or Konya.
Organized with the contributions of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, the opening ceremony and count was organized at the amphitheater. Despite the heavy rain, the program continued with a walk of almost 1 km to the Atatürk statue where a wreath was placed.
During his speech, Prof. Mehmet Haberal, Founder and Funder President, President of the Executive Supreme Board and Chair of the Division of Transplantation of Baskent University, expressed his joy to see so many of his patients gathered for this occasion; "This is a picture of great pride, and a momentous moment for our country," he said.
The record previously held by Legacy, with 314 participants of the "Donate Life Run/Walk" event held in California in May 2016, now belongs to the 457 participants who came to Ankara for this occasion. The transplant recipients, along with family and friends, came together at Bağlıca Campus in an atmosphere of celebration and joy, enjoying an afternoon on the campus grounds.