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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Transplant Heroes: Over 500 People Have Donated A Kidney To Save A Stranger’s Life

HUFFINGTON POST UK | Natasha Hinde
‘I thank my donor every day for my gift of life.’

More than 500 people have donated a kidney to save a stranger’s life over the past decade, according to a new report.

Figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant said 509 people have donated a kidney to someone they didn’t know since 2006, when it became legal to do so.

Despite the figures, 5,338 people remain on the transplant list waiting for a new kidney or a combined kidney and pancreas transplant.

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According to the report, donating a kidney now makes up 8% of all living kidney donations, with other live donations coming from family and close friends.

The majority of kidney donations still come from deceased donors. Continue reading 
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