UK investigates 800,000 organ donor list errors

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April 11, 2010 00:59

 
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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.




The programming 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 said.


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