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Scotland upbeat as heart transplants triple

The number of life-saving heart transplants carried out on Scottish patients has tripled in just a year, new figures have revealed.

The increase comes as record levels of patients in Scotland received an organ transplant last year thanks to a 31 per cent increase in the number of people who became organ donors.

In 2013 113 people donated their organs for transplant, compared to 86 the year before. Because of the generosity of donors, 24 heart transplants were carried out on Scottish patients – up from 8 in 2012.

In total 331 patients in Scotland received a potentially life-saving organ transplant in 2013, a figure Public Health Minister Michael Matheson described as testament to the “generosity and thoughtfulness” of those who took the decision to donate their organs.

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