Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How You Can Save a Life by Donating

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How You Can Save a Life by Donating

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BETWEEN April 2013 and March 2014, 4,655 organ transplants were carried out in the UK thanks to the generosity of 2,466 donors.

But there are always far more people waiting for an organ transplant than there are suitable donors.

There's no upper age limit for joining the register.

If you die in circumstances where you could potentially donate, specialist healthcare professionals decide which organs and tissues are suitable based on a number of factors, including your medical and travel history.

Tissue from people in their 70s and 80s is often transplanted successfully, although organs are only selected from those under 80 years of age.

Most people waiting for a donated organ need to have a kidney, heart, lung or liver transplant.

All donors can choose which organs and tissues they wish to donate. …

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