Remarkable growth in live transplants22nd December 2009
The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has called the increase in living tissue donors since 2006 "remarkable".
The number of approvals for people willing to make a living tissue donation has reached 3,000 since the HTA started to regulate donations.
At present, 10,000 people in the UK are on the waiting list for a donated organ and there is a scarcity of donor organs.
NHS Blood and Transplant has set up an awards programme for people who make living donations, where the donor will be awarded a silver pin.
There were 340 kidney and two liver donation approvals in 2006/07 and 971 kidney approval - of which 10 were "altruistic" - and 27 liver approvals in 2007/08.
1,022 kidney approvals - of which 15 were altruistic - and 36 liver approvals were made in 2008/09.
Shirley Harrison, the HTA's head, said the news was "heartening" and explained that now one in three kidney transplants were performed from living donors.
James Neuberger, of NHS Blood and Transplant, the organisation with the responsibility for the allocation and matching of donated organs, said: "Living transplants are highly successful and have been steadily increasing in number over the past 10 years."
"The awards scheme that we are launching today is a way of saying a very big thank you to donors. Living organ donors help to transform not just the life of the recipient, but often of those around them who've cared for them during their illness."
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