Organ donation campaign sees number of people needing transplant slashed

NHS Blood and Transplant says more people need to sign up to the organ donor register because the people already on the list are growing older meaning their lungs are less likely to be able to be used

NHS Blood and Transplant says more people need to sign up to the organ donor register because the people already on the list are growing older meaning their lungs are less likely to be able to be used

One of the people whose life was saved was the Sheffield artist Pete McKee, who received Mr Piotr's liver.

Medical professionals and families who have experienced organ donation will gather at Leeds General Infirmary today for Be a Hero Day.

Just 34 per cent of people in Harborough had signed up as a donor as of May this year, based on the latest population estimates.

While the number of donors is rising and waiting lists are reducing, there are now 6,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the UK.

Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate.

The special event to unveil the artwork was attended by family members whose loved ones became organ donors, as well as members of staff from the hospital who have supported families through organ donation and staff from the NHS blood and transplant team.

As Darren Adam marked the NHS' Organ Donation Week, Erica called the LBC presenter to explain just how she goes about telling her kids that she wants her organs passed on to others after she passes away.


For the campaign, councils and organisations around the country are lighting prominent buildings pink, which is the colour of the modern donor card, in support of the country's organ donation campaign.

Research undertaken by the organisation shows people from ethnic minorities are less likely to talk about donation, while some religious people may have concerns surrounding burial practices.

"We all know that organ donation legislation will change to a deemed consent system in England and Scotland in future years but the harsh fact is people are dying right now waiting for an organ and it will still be important for people to know your decision".

"If you die without registering to donate your organs, we would need to ask your next of kin to make the decision for you".

"Telling your family what you want also makes things easier at a hard time".

More than 1.9 million people in the Yorkshire and Humber area are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Only about one in three people in Harborough have signed up to the organ donation register, it has been revealed. Only a small percentage of people die in circumstances where they can donate, so every donor is precious.

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