Felixstowe woman in organ donation plea for Suffolk people

Alicia Farmer
September 8, 2018

Pink is the colour of the Yes I Donate campaign, and this week marks the annual Organ Donation Week, which has three aims - promoting awareness around the life-saving power of transplants, encouraging people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register and encouraging people to make their loved ones aware of their donation decision. Hearts and lungs in particular need to be matched by size because of the limited space inside the chest, and also to ensure the two organs have comparable strength and do not overwhelm or under-power each other.

More than 300 people have died here in the last five years while waiting for a transplant.

According to data from May, 61 per cent of people in Shropshire are on the organ donor register - the fifth highest region in the UK.

Last November Mike underwent a heart transplant using a pioneering technique at the Royal Papworth Hospital.

There are now 6,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant across the UK.

For some children on the waiting list, a young donor is their only hope.

'There are many children alive today thanks to parents making the decision to donate when saying goodbye to their own child.

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Lesley Griffiths AM is a long-time supporter of the measures and said: "After leading the way in introducing this progressive legislation, the Welsh Labour Government is keen to encourage everyone throughout the country to talk with their loved ones about their organ donation wishes".

Anthony Clarkson, interim director of organ donation and transplantation for NHSBT, said: "It's tragic that so many people from Devon have died waiting for a transplant - what is shocking is that many of those lives could have been saved, had more families agreed to donate organs".

Louise, who highlights that one person could save up to eight lives, was born with a congenital heart abnormality and had a succession of hospital treatments as a child and adult in Cambridge and London as her heart gradually failed.

Around 83,315 people in the Newry, Mourne and Down District are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

"We know that many children respond positively to the idea of organ donation so please talk about this important and lifesaving subject".

'Until you go through this and see how many babies are suffering with heart problems, considering organ donation probably doesn't even cross your mind but it's really important to have those conversations'. Youngsters in Scotland can "self-authorise" from 12 years old.

Jane Hall's husband George became an organ donor in 2015 after losing his life to a brain hemorrhage, aged 56.

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