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.
The Welsh Assembly has voted for a change in the law to try and save the lives of those who die while they wait for a transplant organ.Read the full story ›
Wales will become the first country in the UK where people will be presumed to have consented for their organs to be donated unless they opt out - after Assembly Members tonight voted in favour of the new law by 43 votes to eight with two abstentions.
Wales could become the only UK country with an opt-out organ donation system if politicians vote to change the law.
Welsh Assembly members will meet in Cardiff to discuss the proposals later today.
ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot reports.
As Wales votes on changes to organ donation, ITV News speaks to those for and against the changes.Read the full story ›
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."
"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."
"Saving lives should not be optional but just a way of life."
Kidney Wales Foundation has been campaigning for a new organ donation law for five years. The charity's chief executive Roy J Thomas told ITV News that the Human Transplantation Bill was a "progressive piece of legislation" that could bring a new culture of organ donation to Wales.
Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, told ITV News that he is in favour of organ donation, but feels the Human Transplantation Bill needs amending to take relatives' feelings into account.
Melanie Wager, who received a kidney in July 2010, has welcomed the proposed change to the law in Wales, saying:
Waiting for an organ is an extremely difficult time for anyone - it is like being on death row and it seems as if you are being further punished for being ill.
Mentally, it is cruel for the patient and the caring family.
The Kidney Wales Foundation, which was involved in the formulation of the 'opt-out' organ donor scheme in Wales, has stressed that family consent is vital.
All Welsh residents will be able to register their personal wishes regarding organ donation ... If you do not opt-in, or opt-out, if you do nothing, you will have deemed to consent to organ donation ...
Deemed consent donation will not go ahead in the absence of any family member.
Kidney Wales believe the presence of the family is essential - both as a source of necessary information about the potential donor and in order to ensure that donation does not go ahead in the face of the deceased's known objection to organ donation.