Young patients wait on average more than two and a half times longer than adults for an urgent heart transplant.
Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland came out on top of the medals table with a truly impressive count, winning 205 gold, 152 silver and 127 bronze medals.
The waiting list for heart transplants has increased by more than 130% in the last ten years.
More black, Asian and minority ethnic people are giving the gift of life through organ donation and receiving lifesaving transplants than ever before, but too many donation opportunities are being missed because families are not discussing the subject and making their decisions clear.
Figures released during Organ Donation Week 2019 show around 2,500 potential transplants were missed in the last year because families said no to donating their relative’s organs.
Celebrate Organ Donation Week by joining us on a walk through London to mark the importance of organ donation and honour donors and their families.
This year’s Organ Donation Week, a week-long celebration of organ donation across the UK, is taking place from Monday 2 September to Sunday 8 September.
This weekend (17 August 2019) sees the start of this year’s World Transplant Games which takes place over the next seven days in the North East of England.
Legislation to introduce an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors in Scotland will come into force in autumn 2020.
New figures published today by NHS Blood and Transplant in the annual Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report show that last year, 1,600 people in the UK donated their organs after they died; saving or improving the lives of 3,941 transplant recipients and giving hope to those still waiting.