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.

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Wales passes organ donor law

Welsh lawmakers have passed a controversial scheme that assumes consent for organ and tissue donation among people who do not state a preference. Assembly Members voted in favour of the new law by 43 votes to eight with two abstentions.