73 die waiting for organ transplant

Gazette & Herald: 73 die waiting for organ transplant 73 die waiting for organ transplant

SEVENTY-THREE people died in our region while waiting for organ transplants in the last five years, new NHS figures show.

Families are now being urged to use their time together during the remainder of the holiday season to prevent more deaths by talking about organ donation.

In North and East Yorkshire 73 people on the organ transplant list have died in the last five years.

Fifty people have received life-saving organ donations this year but 200 more are waiting for a donor organ.

Now the NHS Blood and Transplant service is encouraging people to register as organ donations and tell their families so their loved ones will know what their decision was.

Mike Tiplady’s son Andrew died in 2011 at the age of 31 while he was waiting for a lung transplant.

Mike said: “It’s always difficult losing somebody but if a doctor then comes and asks you if they can take some organs that must be awful, but it’s a good thing.

“I have registered as an organ donor myself and I have talked to all my family and friends about it, and I think everybody should do the same.

“In October 2010, Andrew had the possibility of a lung transplant but the organ wasn’t up to standard.

“If it had been, he might have been here today.

“There are a lot of Andrews in the world, a lot of young people dying unnecessarily, and although he missed out, other people don’t have to.”

NHS figures show that only 31 percent of families would let organ donation go ahead after a relative had died if they were not sure what their loved one had wanted.

Anthony Clarkson, acting director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “For people in need of an organ, Christmas is a very difficult time so we are urging everybody to talk about organ donation.”

In 2010, The Press ran its Lifesavers campaign and encouraged more than 13,500 people in the region to join the Organ Donor Register.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or phone 0300 123 23 23.

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2:22pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Loollah says...

Isn't it about time we change the organ donation to an opt out system instead of an opt in? When we die, we don't need our organs so why shouldn't they go to someone who's life will be dramatically improved.

People do not realise how few organs are viable for transplantation, even if the owner is a registered organ donor. The more opportunities doctors have to harvest donor organs the better!
Isn't it about time we change the organ donation to an opt out system instead of an opt in? When we die, we don't need our organs so why shouldn't they go to someone who's life will be dramatically improved. People do not realise how few organs are viable for transplantation, even if the owner is a registered organ donor. The more opportunities doctors have to harvest donor organs the better! Loollah

4:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Brighouse Lad says...

I'm a blood donor, I donate blood platelets, I have done for 7 years. Ive recently registered as a bone marrow donor.

I'm registered as a donor if I die. I told my wife that it is what I want if anything happens to me. She was upset at the thought but I made my feelings clear.

Donating is a gift of life, some people will donate, others will not. I don't think people should be made to donate. Death affects everyone differently, but if you like the idea of helping someone else then please sign up to it, its a worth while cause.
I'm a blood donor, I donate blood platelets, I have done for 7 years. Ive recently registered as a bone marrow donor. I'm registered as a donor if I die. I told my wife that it is what I want if anything happens to me. She was upset at the thought but I made my feelings clear. Donating is a gift of life, some people will donate, others will not. I don't think people should be made to donate. Death affects everyone differently, but if you like the idea of helping someone else then please sign up to it, its a worth while cause. Brighouse Lad

12:19am Fri 3 Jan 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

I was a blood donor in my 20's but sadly due to ongoing medication I had to stop.I then signed up as an organ donor which I have been for many years.
Please do not leave the decision until later , it may then be too late! There is always something that can be used even if you are older.
I was a blood donor in my 20's but sadly due to ongoing medication I had to stop.I then signed up as an organ donor which I have been for many years. Please do not leave the decision until later , it may then be too late! There is always something that can be used even if you are older. Older Sometimes Wiser

3:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Daisy75 says...

Part of the reason for the lack of organs is the success of road safety and seatbelt campaigns- the number of young healthy people dying suddenly has steadily fallen as the demand for organs has increased. Add to this the improvement in transplantation medicine and improving ability to keep people with chronic illness alive, there's no wonder the waiting lists are so long. Plus certain populations have very high levels of certain conditions causing kidney problems and very low donation rates due to cultural beliefs.
Part of the reason for the lack of organs is the success of road safety and seatbelt campaigns- the number of young healthy people dying suddenly has steadily fallen as the demand for organs has increased. Add to this the improvement in transplantation medicine and improving ability to keep people with chronic illness alive, there's no wonder the waiting lists are so long. Plus certain populations have very high levels of certain conditions causing kidney problems and very low donation rates due to cultural beliefs. Daisy75

6:20pm Mon 6 Jan 14

michaeljohnrogan says...

On the 1st January 2014 i celebrated my 7th year of normal life again following a kidney transplant in 2007.from an unknown donor,without my new kidney i would not be alive to write this comment.
I would ask people,if they were in need of an organ transplant to enable to have a normal life again,would they take one? the majority answer would be yes!!.then why not be an organ donor and give one,
Please, PLease,make your views known to your next of kin that you wish to be a donor,this relieves them of havind to decide when approached by a doctor following death,what a legacy from a loved one,to know that they had saved a life.
I will never forget the Family,and person who gave me a normal life again,i am an organ donor,and firmly believe in the.Opt out System."Don't send your organs to heaven,as heaven knows thay are needed here".
On the 1st January 2014 i celebrated my 7th year of normal life again following a kidney transplant in 2007.from an unknown donor,without my new kidney i would not be alive to write this comment. I would ask people,if they were in need of an organ transplant to enable to have a normal life again,would they take one? the majority answer would be yes!!.then why not be an organ donor and give one, Please, PLease,make your views known to your next of kin that you wish to be a donor,this relieves them of havind to decide when approached by a doctor following death,what a legacy from a loved one,to know that they had saved a life. I will never forget the Family,and person who gave me a normal life again,i am an organ donor,and firmly believe in the.Opt out System."Don't send your organs to heaven,as heaven knows thay are needed here". michaeljohnrogan

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