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30 Die Waiting For Transplant

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10:20am 8th July 2014
(Updated 10:20am 8th July 2014)

Pirate FM has learnt 30 people have died in Cornwall - waiting for a transplant in the last five years.

Officials say they desperately need more people to sign up as donors.

Right now in the Duchy more than 70 patients are waiting for an operation.

Last year 41 had a transplant.

Dr Hilary Jones said: “More people are willing to be an organ donor than are actually signed up. But signing up and telling your relatives of your decision would saves thousands of lives. I'd encourage everybody to consider spelling out your donation decision as potentially the greatest gift you can give anybody."

On average, three people a day die in need of an organ transplant in the UK because there aren’t enough organs available. More lives would be saved if more families agree to donate their loved one’s organs after death. Four out of ten families don’t give permission to donate when approached.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Last year 41 people living in Cornwall benefited from a life-saving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died, a decision that we know makes them incredibly proud.

“We know that families are much less likely to allow organ donation to go ahead if they don’t know it’s what their loved one wanted.

“To help more people we need everyone, even if you’re one of the 209,818 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Cornwall, to tell those closest to you that you want to donate your organs. Please have the conversation and spell it out.”

NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson Joanna Chalker said: "It is completely lifesaving, for numerous patients who are unable to continue their daily activities due to restrictions of dialysis and hospital stays and general ill health related to their need for a transplant, this is really an opportunity for a new life and a new start for them.

"By signing up and registering your wishes to donate after death means in the very sad situation where a family are talking about end of life wishes and the possibility of donation, rather than making a decision on behalf of someone, it's much easier to support a known wish."

During National Transplant Week events are taking place across the country to encourage people to spell out their organ donation decision.

You can find out more and register here.

10:20am 8th July 2014

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