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Cornwall's Organ Donor Plea

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8:21am 8th July 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that in the last four years, 26 people waiting for a transplant in Cornwall have died.

72 are on the waiting list for an organ at the moment.

A campaign is being launched urging us to become donors, as part of National Transplant Week 2013.

This year's theme is Pass It On, stressing the importance of having a conversation about organ donation as well as joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

To encourage people, some of the UK's best known communicators are showing the public how important and easy it is to do.

David Harewood, Kay Burley and Wil Johnson feature in a series of short, memorable films which inspire people to have a conversation about organ donation with their loved ones. Also supporting the campaign is Richard Branson, whose film highlights the need for people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people in Cornwall to watch the films and talk to those closest to them about their donation wishes and sign up to the Organ Donor Register. 

While 95% of families agree to donation if a loved one has discussed their wishes and is registered on the Organ Donor Register, this drops to only 46% when donation wishes aren't known.

As well as signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, it is vital people let those closest to them know that they want to be an organ donor.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: "Since 1 April, nine people living in Cornwall have benefitted from life-saving transplants.

"To help more people we need everyone, including the 201,702 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Cornwall, to talk to their loved ones about their donation wishes.

"We need a transformation in donor and family consent to organ donation because the UK’s family refusal rate remains one of the highest in Europe.

"For this year's National Transplant Week, we hope the people of Cornwall will Pass It On, we want everyone to be proud of our donation record in the UK."

You can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register online, by calling 0300 123 2323 or texting DONATE to 62323.

8:21am 8th July 2013

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