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Record numbers of organ donations

April 16, 2014 9:45 AM

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More than 100 people throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde received a potentially life-saving organ transplant during 2013/14 thanks to a rise in organ donations.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) received its highest ever number of organ donations with 34 people choosing to donate their organs to others following their death.

In the Glasgow kidney transplant unit, life-saving organ transplants were performed on a record-breaking 140 adults - with further transplants for children from all over Scotland.  An additional 28 people received a cornea or sclera (eye tissue) transplant.

Ros O’Sullivan, Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation, explains: “The number of people who choose to donate their organs following their death is increasing and because of this we are able to help save the lives of those who desperately need a transplant.

“Being an organ donor has the potential to save more than one life and it has the power to completely transform the lives of those who wait for a suitable match.”

In 2013/14, in hospitals throughout Scotland, 106 individuals and their families made the selfless decision to donate and, in doing so, transformed the lives of people on transplant waiting lists across the country.

As of 31 March 2014, 40 per cent of the Scottish population have made their organ donation wishes known by joining the UK Organ Donor Register.

Marc Clancy, NHSGGC’s Transplant Surgeon, comments: “We all have the potential to save lives after our death if we make our wishes known to our family and sign up to the organ donation register.”


People can sign up to the organ donation register at www.organdonationscotland.org

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