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Record high for transplant ops

The number of organ transplants carried out in the UK has reached a record high, figures show.

There were 4,212 transplants in 2012/13, up 6% on the 3,960 in 2011/12, according to a report from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Around a quarter (1,101) of the transplants were as a result of living donors giving a kidney or part of their liver. The rest (3,111) involved organs donated after a person's death.

Thousands of people remain on the waiting list, with around three a day dying while waiting for an organ, according to NHSBT.

At the end of March, there were 7,332 patients waiting for a transplant, with a further 3,030 temporarily suspended from transplant lists for reasons including being too ill to undergo an operation.

Some 466 patients died while on the active waiting list for a transplant.

Although the vast majority of living organ donors gave a kidney, 33 donated part of their liver, the report said.

Belfast Telegraph