September 27th, 2016

Sign up to give the gift of a lifetime

Sign up to give the gift of a lifetime Sign up to give the gift of a lifetime
Updated: 10:12 am, May 07, 2015

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to remind residents they can give the gift of a lifetime by signing up as an organ donor.

This festive season a total of 67 people in Worcestershire are waiting for a transplant with thousands more on lists across the UK.

New figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant show 34 patients have died while on the waiting list during the past five years while 37 others received a transplant in 2014 thanks to families agreeing to donate a loved one’s organs.

Emma Lawson, specialist nurse in organ donation, said: “It is humbling to work with people following the loss of a loved one at any time of year, not just at Christmas, and it is very rewarding to fulfil the wishes of a donor and their family to save lives.

“Organ donors save or improve the quality of life of seriously ill patients. For many patients a transplant is the only option left and their life depends on families agreeing to donate.”

She urged people in Worcestershire to join the organ donor register and tell those closest to them their decision.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation, added: “Quite simply, there is a shortage of donated organs but if more families agreed to donate a loved one’s organs, more people would get the transplants they need.”

To join the register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.

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