Living kidney donation in UK at eight-year low, says NHS

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Health officials report ‘worrying’ fall in a year in which hundreds died waiting for a transplant

There has been a worrying decline in living kidney donation, health officials have said. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the number of living kidney donors in the UK had dipped to an eight year low.

Living donation occurs when someone donates one of their organs, usually a kidney, to someone in need. While it is usually to a friend or family member, it also includes donating a kidney to a stranger, known as altruistic donation.

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