Record number donate organs in the UK

A record number of people have donated organs after death in the UK, health officials announced.

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Officials 'Heartfelt thanks' to organ donor's families

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) officials have offered their "heartfelt thanks" to the families who donated their deceased loved one's organs and "helped transform the lives of others".

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHSBT, said.

Last year we set out our aspiration to match the best countries in the world for organ donation and transplantation, and if we are going to achieve this we will need to see a revolution in attitudes in society towards donation.

The increase in donors reflects increasing support in hospitals to refer potential donors to us and more families being approached, but there has been little change in our attitude to donation over the last few years. It's still not something we would all be proud to do.

Record number donate organs in the UK

A record number of people have donated organs after death in the UK, health officials announced.

Last year organs were taken from 1,323 people who died - a 13.7% rise on the previous year, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said.

A special container for the transport of donated organs is seen in a hospital Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

The organs were given to 3,500 people, a spokeswoman for the body, which is responsible for organ donations in the health service, said.

The figures for 2013 also show that 58.6% of bereaved families who were asked to donate their loved one's organs did so - a rise from 56.5% the previous year.

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