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Fresh hope for those on kidney transplant waiting lists

The number of UK kidney transplants could be doubled and hundreds of lives saved by using more organs from those whose hearts have stopped, experts say.

Traditionally kidneys from those who are brain dead but whose hearts are still working have been preferred.

A Cambridge University study of 9,000 transplants found kidneys from "cardiac death" donors - used on a local basis but not nationally - are as good.

The BBC's Kim Riley spoke to Professor Andrew Bradley from the University of Cambridge and Paul Welsh, a dialysis patient.

  • 19 Aug 2010
  • From the section Health