LONDON — Britain's transplant authority said Saturday that
it was investigating several hundred thousand errors in its organ donor
list stretching back about a decade.
The National Health Service
Blood and Transplant organization said a proportion of its 14
million-strong organ donor list has been affected by technical errors
since 1999 — and that a small group of people may have had organs
removed without proper authorization as a result.
error meant that, for example, people who wanted to donate organs such
as their lungs or their skin were incorrectly identified as people who
wanted to donate their corneas or heart.
The Sunday Telegraph
newspaper said the glitch affected about 800,000 people — 45 of whom
have since died and donated organs. Just under half of those are
thought to have made donations based on the erroneous data, the paper
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