Mortality rate of cystic fibrosis patients 'a scandal'

The number of cystic fibrosis sufferers who die while waiting for a lung transplant is 'a scandal", a charity has warned. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust said only 20% of the lungs donated in the UK are used in transplants.

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Death rate on lung transplant waiting list 'a scandal'

The mortality rate of cystic fibrosis sufferers who die waiting for a lung transplant is a "scandal", a health charity has warned.

Only around 20% of the lungs donated end up used in a transplant in the UK, the charity warned. Credit: PA

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust criticised the "transplant lottery" as it emerged one in three with the lung disease die while waiting for a transplant.

Sufferers on the transplant list wait on average, for more than a year - 412 days, the charity said.

More than 10,000 people from across the UK suffer from the life-shortening condition which is caused by a faulty gene.

It leads to a sticky mucus clogging the lungs and digestive systems which makes it hard for sufferers to breathe and eat.

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