Transplants save lives

In the UK between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014:
  • 4,655 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,466 donors.
  • 1,328 lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combined heart/lungs, liver/kidney or heart/kidney transplant.
  • 3,301 patients' lives were dramatically improved by a kidney or pancreas transplant, 188 of whom received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant.
  • Figures for each organ type below - please note that multi-organ transplants are counted once in each organ. E.g Heart/Lung transplants are counted in Heart and in Lung.
    • Kidney - 3,257
    • Pancreas - 261
    • Heart - 206
    • Lung - 218
    • Liver - 924
    • Bowel - 26
  • A further 3,724 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant.
  • A record number of 821 kidney transplants from donors after circulatory death took place and accounted for one in four of all kidney transplants.
  • 1,114 living donor kidney transplants were carried out accounting for more than a third of all kidney transplants. 'Non-directed' living donor transplants (also known as altruistic donor transplants) and paired and pooled donations contributed 190 kidney transplants between them.
  • Over 1,050,000 more people pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing the total to 20,239,715 (March 2014).

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Last updated July 2014
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