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Donation of organs sees big increase

The number of people who donated their organs after death has nearly doubled in the last six years, according to new figures.

A total of 106 donors and their families made the ­decision to donate organs in hospitals across Scotland last year, increasing from 54 in 2007. The statistics show 341 organ transplants were carried out from deceased donors in 2013/14, a rise of 62% since 2007/8.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: "Over the last few years we have made important strides in raising awareness of the importance of organ donation in Scotland and have been encouraging more and more people to make their wishes known."

Some 2,110,881 people living in Scotland have made their organ donation wishes known by joining the UK Organ Donor Register. The figure means 40% of the Scottish population have registered.

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