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More Swedes sign up as organ donors

Doctors who perform organ transplants say to Swedish Radio that more people are given the opportunity to donate their organs today and that potential donors are given more information than before. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/TT.

A record number of people registered as organ donors in some parts of Sweden last year, and the National Board of Health and Welfare sees signs of an overall upward trend in organ donation, Swedish Radio News reports.

While the waiting lists for organ transplants are still long in much of the country, the number of people wishing to donate their organs after death is on the rise. Heidi Stensmyren, chair of the National Council for Organ and Tissue Donation, says that the positive figures are a result of improved collaboration within the health care system.

"The increase is most likely an effect of the health care working more systematically. The hospitals that do organ transplants share knowledge and communicate better today," Stensmyren says.

Doctors who perform organ transplants say to Swedish Radio that more people are given the opportunity to donate their organs today and that potential donors are given more information than before.

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