150 benefit from donors
NEARLY 150 patients received an organ donation between April 2012 and March 2013, new figures have revealed.
The donations came from 52 deceased donors compared with 67 in 2011/12 to help 149 patients.
Wales is currently preparing to become the first country in the UK to introduce an opt-out system of organ donation.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "The numbers of deceased organ donors in Wales has followed a generally positive trend but as these figures show they cannot be taken for granted year on year.
"Fluctuations in these figures are to be expected and, because the numbers involved in these statistics are relatively small, slight changes in numbers can affect the overall picture greatly.
"The need to increase the number of donations underpinned the legislation on organ donation, which was recently approved for introduction in 2015."