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'Very gratifying' to perform over 4,000 transplants

An organ donation expert has expressed his joy at the record high number of transplant operations carried out in the UK during 2012-13.

It is very gratifying to note that we have performed over 4,000 transplants in 2012/13 for the first time ever in a single year.

This builds on the sustained effort of many people to successfully achieve the target of a 50 percent increase in deceased donors in five years set by the Organ Donation Taskforce.

– Professor Anthony Warrens, president of the British Transplantation Society

'Thousands' remain on organ donor waiting list

Thousands of people remain on the waiting list, with around three a day dying while waiting for an organ, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.

  • At the end of March, there were 7,332 patients waiting for a transplant.
  • A further 3,030 temporarily suspended from transplant lists for reasons including being too ill to undergo an operation.
  • 466 patients died while on the active waiting list for a transplant.
  • Although the vast majority of living organ donors gave a kidney, 33 donated part of their liver, the report said.
  • The number of corneas donated in 2012/13 was 6,390 - a 9 percent rise on last year.
  • More than four out of 10 families approached about organ donation last year refused to donate.

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Record number of transplants in the UK

A new record has been set for the number of transplants carried out in the UK, an NHS report says. Credit: PA

Organ transplants have reached a record high in the UK, it has emerged.

The number of operations rose by 6 percent since last year, with 4,212 transplants carried out according to a report from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Approximately a quarter (1,101) of donations were from living people giving a kidney or part of their liver. The rest (3,111) involved organs donated after a person's death.

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Organ donor changes in Wales: Your views

As Wales prepares to pass a law which would make it the only UK country which has an opt-out organ donation system, ITV viewers have been giving their views via our Facebook page.

"Personally myself being on dialysis for 28 years I feel organ donation is a fab thing I wonder if people would feel the same if attached to dialysis every other day for 4 hrs at a time."

– MICHELLE BARGERY

"Better to opt out than opt in - too few organs around and most people seem to be happy to donate but don't get round to signing a consent form."

– GENNI JUSTGENNI

"Saving lives should not be optional but just a way of life."

– CARLY CRISPIN
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