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Voice of the Daily Mirror: A gift for life.

ORGAN transplants are a brilliant medical advance, but until 10 years ago the system for finding donors was anything but brilliant.

Then, thanks to the parents of a young man whose organs helped 17 other people, a register was started to match those who want to give with those who need a transplant.

Today there are 11million potential donors on it but that is still far too few.

Tony Blair has marked the tenth anniversary of the NHS Donor Register by meeting some of those who have benefited from it.

But as he pointed out, 443 people died last year while waiting for a transplant.

The first ten years of the register have seen great progress. But there is so much still to do.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2004
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