Report: U.K. organ shortage forces surgeons to use organs from older donors

A critical shortage of organ donors forced surgeons at a Cambridge hospital to use substandard organs, according to a report. Seven transplant patients died at the hospital after receiving heart transplants, causing managers to suspend the transplant program. The report says donor age was a primary issue in the deaths, and data from the agency UK Transplant reveal 10 hearts used in 2006 and 2007 were from people ages 60 and over.

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