Grieving Leeds father backs plea for organ donors

12 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • More than 50,000 Britons are alive today thanks to organ transplants official figures revealed yesterday

Rising numbers of people in Yorkshire are signing up to donate vital organs when they die, new health statistics reveal, as the amount of people alive nationally because of transplants has reached a "milestone" figure of 50,000. Nearly 2,000 received transplanted pancreas and 1,000 transplanted intestines.

The number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register has also reached a record number of 23.6 million, up by 4.9 million over five years.

41,570 people on the NHS Organ Donor in The City of Preston, compared to 33,926 five years ago.

Last year 194 people in the region had transplants, compared to 144 five years ago. An adult receiving the most common type of kidney transplant during the early 1990s had a 66% chance it would still be functioning after five years.

The report cited the story of Julie Melady, 47, from Lincolnshire who had a lifesaving liver transplant 32 years ago at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for hepatitis when she was aged just 15.

Emma and Drew, parents to Britain's youngest ever organ donor, said it is a "national scandal" England has not introduced an opt-out scheme.

Melady commented: "Someone lost their child but they made the decision that saved my life". It wasn't just a lifeline for me it was a lifeline for him, because if I go he's got nobody.

However, across the country three people a day still die because they don't have the transplant they need.

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The number of people living in Surrey now known to be alive thanks to organ transplants has reached 730.

NHS Blood and Transplant in its annual report for 2017 said that 36,300 persons received transplanted kidneys, 9,800 had liver transplants, and 3,900 heart or lung transplants.

Some organs from people who have had current and past cancers can be used, if the surgeon weighs up the risk of the organ with the risk of a patient who needs a transplant dying.

"However there is still a long way to go". First of all, family refusal is less likely when the possibility of donation is raised by trained requestors - specialist nurses for organ donation. It's unbelievable to picture all the people now alive today thanks to organ donation and think of all the families and children who have grown up thanks to donors.

"Families tell us donation is a source of pride that helps them in their grieving process".

"I want to encourage everyone across Wales to talk with their loved ones about their organ donation decision".

Despite the record breaking public commitment to donation, there is still a shortage of organ donors. "It only takes two minutes". The latter only applies to donating a kidney, a small part of your liver, bone from a hip or knee replacement or your placenta.

Mr Whalley said: "Her organs have potentially given life to nine other people. More and more people are now going on to lead full lives thanks to the precious gift of organ donation".



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