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Children in need of organ donations have "the odds stacked against them"

Research carried out at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital has found desperately ill small babies in need of organ donations have "the odds stacked against them" because of current UK guidelines.

The study found a "significant" number of newborn babies, who die in intensive care in the UK, could have donated organs to save another child's life if guidance permitted. It concluded that over half of the youngsters who died between 2006 and 2012 could potentially have been organ donors.

Findings concludes that the potential for organ donation among young babies is currently "untapped" because of the current guidelines around the way doctors define and diagnose death.