Over 900 people in South Yorkshire alive after organ transplants

Over 900 people in South Yorkshire alive after organ transplants

Over 900 people in South Yorkshire alive after organ transplants

The number of people who die each day because a suitable donor has not been found gives us a collective responsibility to do more.

NHS Blood and Transplant has released the figures to encourage even more people to take the life-saving decision to join the organ donor register.

The number of people who current live in Herts and owe their lives to organ donations is now 872. There are now 863,137 people on the register, compared to 686,558 five years ago.

36% of the United Kingdom population is registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register, compared to 30% five years ago.

If you wish to donate your organs, you need to join the NHS Organ Donor Register or tell a relative or close friend that you wish to donate.

The story is one that reflects well on the many people who are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, which has grown considerably in recent times.

According to NHS Blood and Transplant's annual Transplant Activity Report, 278,831 people in Leeds alone are now registered to donate organs compared to 229,304 five years ago.

The lives of more than 870 people across Hertfordshire have now been saved thanks to organ donors.

"The milestone figure has been reached thanks to record levels of public support for organ donation and improvements in survival rates", said a spokeswoman for NHS Blood and Transplant. "Our specialist nurses in organ donation are now nearly always involved in discussions with families over organ donation".

There are currently 6,388 patients waiting for a transplant Getty
There are currently 6,388 patients waiting for a transplant Getty

"However there is still a long way to go". It came in response to the news past year that around 700 people in Yorkshire were waiting for lifesaving transplants. Every one of those people who died could be a mother or a father, a daughter or a son, who might be alive today. We don't want anyone in Northumberland to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation. Anyone can sign up as a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register. People from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match but there are not enough black and Asian donors.

THE number of organs being transplanted and donated increased past year.

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

There is no age limit on being a donor, but a few medical conditions can prevent you from donating.

The 57-year-old, of Langwathby, near Penrith, was diagnosed in 2007 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare liver disease which attacks the immune system.

You can only donate if you have a donor card and your friends and if family confirm this is what you wanted.

"He gave me a life and there is no gift on earth that anybody could give that is better than that".

"Some people still have that stigma and worry their treatment will be affected, but my thoughts have always been, if you don't need your organs why not save eight or nine people's lives by signing up".

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