Scottish surgeons break organ operation records

| 30/11/2010

(The Herald): A record-breaking round of organ transplants has helped save the lives of 14 patients in 15 days. The surgeries were carried out by John Forsythe, Scotland’s lead clinician for organ donation, as part of a campaign to increase the number of people adding their names to the donor register. The 14 patients who underwent liver, kidney and pancreas transplants between October 28 and November 11 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary received organs from donors. Ten patients received liver transplants, three had kidney transplants and one patient had a combined pancreas and kidney transplant, meaning staff carried out 15 transplants in just 15 days.

The operations took place as NHS Lothian launched a new campaign to urge more people to give the gift of life by joining the donor register. It comes amid a Scotland-wide national campaign to increase the number of people on the register, which currently stands at 1,835,315.

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