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Thousands in Philippines sign up to break organ donor record

Published on Feb 28, 2014 7:54 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Thousands of people in the Philippines pledged on Friday to donate kidneys and other body parts after death as part of a bid to set a world record for organ donations, the health ministry said.

"If they meet an unfortunate accident and they are brought to a hospital and declared brain dead... then doctors will know what to harvest," Assistant Health Secretary Eric Tayag told AFP.

A "record" 3,548 people signed up for organ donor cards at one Manila university in the space of an hour in the campaign launched by the ministry, he added.

This overtook India's one-hour record of 2,755, set in Gujarat in September last year for a Guinness World Record, Mr Tayag said.

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