Organ donor facts

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THE oldest solid organ donor in the UK was 84

• The oldest recipient of an organ donation in the UK was 85

• 90% of people support organ donation

• UK’s first live donor kidney transplant carried out at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in 1960

• Heart needs to be transplanted within five hours of removal from a donor

• 16 million people are on the organ donor register

• 42% of people in the Lothians are on the organ donor register

• 8000 people on UK waiting list for an organ transplant

• 3500 organ transplants take place every year in the UK

• 122 heart transplants carried out last year in Britain