More Than 50,000 People Now Alive Thanks To NHS Organ Donations

HUFFINGTON POST UK | Rachel Moss
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The number of people currently known to be alive thanks to organ transplants has broken 50,000 for the first time.

According to a new report by NHS Blood and Transplant, there are now 50,300 people alive today thanks to organ transplants – more than enough to fill Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and almost enough to fill Liverpool’s Anfield stadium.

More than 36,000 are alive thanks to kidney transplants while almost 4,000 have had successful cardiothoracic (heart or lung or combined heart/lung) transplants.

Meanwhile 9,800 people are living thanks to liver transplants, 1,000 people have been saved with intestinal transplants and almost 2,000 have benefitted from pancreas transplants.

The milestone figure has been reached thanks to record levels of public support for organ donation and improvements in survival rates, the NHS said. Continue reading
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