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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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Organ recipient: Waiting for donor 'like being on death row'

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.

Organ donor's family to be consulted under Welsh plan

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.

– Roy Thomas, chief executive, Kidney Wales Foundation
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