Decrease in organ transplants last year

Monday 28 January 2013 16.20
There was an increase in the number of kidney donations from living donors
There was an increase in the number of kidney donations from living donors

The number of organ transplant operations carried out in Ireland fell last year from a record high in 2011.

The figures show a drop in kidney, liver and pancreas procedures, but a rise in heart and liver transplants.

In total the number of deceased donors dropped from 93 to 78 last year.

The total number of transplants from deceased donors fell from 248 in 2011 to 206.

There were 131 kidney transplant operations, and 50 liver procedures in 2012, both down by around 20%

One pancreas transplant was carried out - down from eight the previous year.

Ten heart transplants and 14 lung transplants were carried out.

There was an increase in the number of kidney donations from living donors, continuing a trend that began five years ago when the procedure was first made available here

Keywords: organ transplants
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