As many as 2,500 more organs could be made available for transplant in the UK if families spoke more openly about donating after death, says the UK National Health Service (NHS) Blood and Transplant organization.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a group that decides which patients receive life-saving organ transplants in the US, reinstated a policy that gives transplant centers first dibs on donated livers in their communities.
Ten-year-old Zion Harvey had his hands and feet amputated at the age of two, following a sepsis infection. He also had a kidney transplant. He is now able to write, feed and dress himself, his doctor said.
A new drug has been found to significantly reduce the risk of transplantation or death in patients with hepatitis C infection, according to a recent study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare's Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hundreds of organs taken from dead cancer patients have been given to transplant patients because an acute shortage means doctors must take the risk, it has been revealed. Tests are carried out to try to make sure the organs are not cancerous and infections are rare, but have happened.