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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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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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