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.