15 Wiltshire lives saved by organ donation last year

15 Wiltshire lives saved by organ donation last year

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:06am 18th July 2019.

A report, however, has said that fewer people died and were able to donate their organ in the last 12 months.

The NHS are now encouraging more people to sign up for organ donation to save as many lives as possible.

Over the past five years, 25 people in Wiltshire died before they received the organ they needed.

Nationally, over 2018/19 1,600 people had their lives saved through deceased organ donation.

However, 225 fewer people died in circumstances where they were able to donate their organs than in 2017/18.

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Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said:

"There are 58 people in Wiltshire waiting for a transplant now. Their only hope for a new life is that a family in their time of grief will make the wonderful decision to agree to organ donation.

"With the law around organ donation changing in England from next spring, we urge everyone to find out about the choices available to them, make their decision and share it with their family."


From spring 2020, all adults in England:

"Will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups."

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The law is changing next year...

The families of potential donors will continue to be approached by specialist nurses and asked to support their relative's decision to be an organ donor.

Therefore it's still important to let your close ones know that you would like to donate your organs.

Organ donation is a relatively rare event in the UK, because although around half a million people die each year, only around 1% do so in circumstances which allow organs to be donated.

Anthony Clarkson said:

"Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people. We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to let their final act to be saving lives through organ donation.

"No lifesaving transplant would be possible without the generosity of every donor and their families, who give their support and say 'yes' to organ donation."

If you want to find out more about organ donation or sign up, click here

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