A gift not an obligation

UK Transplant

Hey, people did you know:

Today more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their life. Most are waiting for a kidney, others for a heart, lung or liver transplant. But less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

So now might be a good time to make sure you’re name is on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Here’s a few stats to get you thinking:

In the UK between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007:

  • 3,086 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 1,495 donors.
  • 949lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combinedheart/lungs, liver/kidney, liver/pancreas or heart/kidney transplant.<!–The total includes 125 non-heartbeating donors, 44% more than the previous year. –>
  • A total of 2,137 patients received a kidney, pancreas or combined kidney/pancreas transplant.
  • A further 2,402 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant.
  • Arecord number of non-heartbeating donor kidney transplants took placeand accounted for one in seven of all kidney transplants.
  • The highest number of combined kidney/pancreas transplants took place (164, representing a 53% increase on 2005-2006).
  • Living donor kidney transplants are increasing – 461 in 2003-2004, 475 in 2004-2005, 589 in 2005-2006, and 690 in 2006-2007, and now represent more than one in four of all kidney transplants.
  • At the end of March 2007, 7,234 patients were listed as actively waiting for a transplant.
  • Almosta million more people pledged to help others after their death byregistering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing thetotal at 31 March 2007 to 14,201,229.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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1 Response to A gift not an obligation

  1. kate says:

    Its not just organs…my brother cant find a bone marrow donor. He has a partial match in america. That could buy him some time. Well done for publicising It could be any one of us or our loved ones that need it it one day.

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