Organ donation rises by 50 percent in just half a decade

Organ donation rises by 50% in just five years, helping a third more people have life-saving transplantsThere were 1,200 new donors in the last year alone, new figures show But doctors say more work still needs to be done to further boost donation7,300 Britons need an organ transplant and three die each day waitingCampaigners say key problem is relatives overriding the wishes of deceased PUBLISHED: 11:16 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:44 GMT, 11 April 2013 Organ donation has shot up by a staggering 50 per cent within the past five years.

Soldier Katrina Brown dying after exposure to uranium in Iraq must raise 110k because NHS can"t help

Soldier dying after being exposed to uranium in Iraq must raise 110,000 for treatment because the NHS can't help her Katrina Brown, 30, was exposed to radioactive material in BasraDiagnosed with rare systemic sclerosis which is slowly attacking her organs She believes the illness is linked to exposure to depleted uraniumSays her only hope is having stem-cell transplant to regenerate her organs By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:47 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:34 GMT, 3 April 2013 Katrina Brown is suffering from a rare, deadly illness after being exposed to uranium while serving in Iraq A soldier who developed a deadly illness after being exposed to uranium in Iraq is facing a race against time to raise the money she needs for potentially life-saving treatment.

Foreign private patients pay tens of thousands of pounds for livers donated to the NHS

Foreign private patients pay tens of thousands of pounds for livers donated to the NHSKing's College NHS Foundation Trust carried out 19 operations in 2 yearsIt is believed the trust has been paid around 1m for the operationsThe organs have been given to fee paying non EU patients There are currently 550 NHS patients awaiting a life saving transplant By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:15 GMT, 25 March 2013 Scarce donor organs meant for NHS patients are being sold to wealthy foreigners for tens of thousands of pounds.

Mother"s anguish after police admit they kept her dead son"s brain in storage for 13 years

Mother's anguish after police admit they kept her dead son's brain in storage for 13 years Rhys Cheevers' brain was held at Southampton General Hospital after he died just two days oldHis mother Hannah says two police officers knocked on her door 'totally out of the blue' with the news By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:01 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:51 GMT, 23 February 2013 A mother has told of her agony when she discovered police kept her baby’s brain for 13 years.

Kingsman Dave Shaw shot dead in Afghanistan saves 4 lives with his donated organs

Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan saves four lives with his donated organs Kingsman Dave Shaw, 23, became 440th British soldier to die in Afghanistan His donated organs saved the lives of seriously ill patients in Birmingham Despite their suffering, his parents believe he died for worthy cause , and his family said he relished the extra responsibility his veteran status afforded him.

Statins: How a 40p statin can stop deadly form of blood poisoning

How a 40p statin can stop deadly form of blood poisoning By Pat Hagan PUBLISHED: 03:51 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:51 GMT, 15 January 2013 Drugs taken by around seven million people in Britain to lower cholesterol could also stop a deadly form of blood poisoning in its tracks.

A patch from a cow"s heart rebuilt my liver: Pioneering surgery sees British woman saved by bovine tissue

A patch from a cow's heart rebuilt my liver: Pioneering surgery sees British woman saved by bovine tickerMichelle Morgan-Grainger, 42, had been told her liver cancer was incurableShe was saved by xenotransplantation – animal organ donation The surgery saw tissue from a cow's heart used to re-build her liver | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 29 December 2012 Second chance: Michelle Morgan-Grainger was first told her cancer was incurable A British woman has become one of the first to benefit from pioneering surgery that uses tissue taken from a cow’s heart to rebuild the liver.

Conjoined twins: X-ray shows the complicated procedure facing doctors who separated Allison and Amelia Tucker

Shocking x-ray shows the complicated procedure facing doctors who successfully separated conjoined twin girls as they made their debut just days before ChristmasAllison and Amelia Tucker born joined at the lower chest and abdomenGirls are expected to live 'full, healthy and independent lives'Mother Shellie: 'These girls are going to do big things in life!' | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 21 December 2012 The incredible X-ray of conjoined twin girls Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker shows how complicated a surgery the team of doctors had in front of them when they went into the seven-hour surgery.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Jennifer Wederell given smoker"s lungs in transplant dies of cancer

Cystic fibrosis sufferer given smoker's lungs in transplant died of cancer less than a year after operationJennifer Wederell was given the lungs of a 20-a-day smokerA year after the operation she died of cancer Husband says she would never have agreed to transplant had she known | UPDATED: 11:57 GMT, 17 December 2012 Battle: Jennifer Wederell died at the age of 27 from lung cancer.

Family"s heartbreak as mother-of-three dies after her stomach is punctured during weight-loss surgery

'She only did it so she'd see her children grow up': Family's heartbreak as mother-of-three dies after her stomach is punctured during weight-loss surgery Tracey Korkmaz, 41, had hoped the operation at University College Hospital London would help her go from 23 stone to 18 stoneBut doctors failed to notice her stomach was punctured and her condition deteriorated Died 10 days later after two further rounds of surgeryHospital now admitted full responsibility and paid undisclosed settlement | UPDATED: 17:05 GMT, 7 December 2012 A mother-of-three died after her stomach lining was punctured during weight loss surgery.