Key Facts & Myths
- The average wait for a kidney transplant in the UK is 1,168 days.
Meanwhile, those waiting for a liver can expect to wait around 142
days and the wait is around 253 days for a new heart or 412
days, on average, for lungs.
- Around 10,000 people in the UK currently need an organ transplant.
Every day, around three of them will die waiting.
- Around 200 people are currently awaiting a transplant in Northern
Ireland, while 15 die each year.
- Since 1st April 2012, over 1,010 people have donated organs and
around 2,590 people have received transplants.
- 96% of us would accept an organ if we needed one, but only
31% of us have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.
- One donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine
- 45% of families say no to donation because they don’t know what
their loved one would have wanted. So tell your family you want to be an organ donor
– don’t leave them to guess.
- All of the UK´s major faiths including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism,
Islam and Sikhism support organ donation and transplantation. Anyone who has doubts
as to whether their religion or faith allows them to donate is encouraged to seek
advice from their local religious leader.
It has been reported that recipients sometimes take on characteristics of their
donors. While NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is aware of the suggestion that transplant
recipients take on aspects of the personality of the organ donor, the organisation
is not aware of any evidence to support it.
- A man in Leicester claimed he gained a love of baking, shopping and dogs, an animal
he previously did not like, after getting a kidney from his wife.
- A woman from Lancashire claimed her literary tastes changed radically after a kidney
transplant, swapping celebrity biographies for Crime and Punishment.
- An American man was suddenly able to paint after receiving the heart of an artistic
young man killed in a car crash.