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Life waiting for a kidney donor

4 November 2010 Last updated at 03:40 GMT

A record 3,706 organ transplants took place in the UK last year, an increase of 5% on the previous 12 months.

But NHS Blood and Transplant said there was still a long waiting list, with three people a day dying because of a lack of a suitable organ.

One of the reasons for the increase is the success of the UK donor register, but the refusal of relatives to allow donation often remains a key obstacle.

Patient Christine Meiklejohn explains what life is like for her while waiting for a kidney donor.