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Over 50000 people in Britain survive with transplanted organs

Over 50000 people in Britain survive with transplanted organs”

The UK-wide number of people alive thanks to transplants has reached the milestone figure of 50,000, the report says. However, it also warned of "considerable variation between transplant units and clinicians in their approach to risk when offered a donor organ for one of their patients".

Meanwhile 9,800 people are living thanks to liver transplants, 1,000 people have been saved with intestinal transplants and nearly 2,000 have benefitted from pancreas transplants.

The agency said the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register has also reached a record number, 23.6 million, up by 4.9 million over five years.

Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk to register to become an organ donor.

The Transplant Activity Report shows that the number of people now alive in the county because of transplants has reached 4,204.

The extra support means that more people are receiving life-changing treatment. In 2012 there were just 20 transplants.

Anyone can sign up as a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

"Discussing our end of life decision with those closest to us will ease the burden they face and make it more likely that our wishes are respected. That gave me the chance to go on and have children - my donor didn't just save one life, they produced another two".

In December there were 6,500 people in the United Kingdom now on the waiting list for a transplantWhat organs can be donated?

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More than 500 residents are now known to be alive thanks to organ transplants in Suffolk, while around 1,200 are known to have been saved in Essex.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation, said: "More people than ever in Hertfordshire are committing to organ donation and that is saving more lives than ever".

Some organs from people who have had current and past cancers can be used, if the surgeon weighs up the risk of the organ with the risk of a patient who needs a transplant dying.

Gary Seymour, from Twyford, is one of 814 people in Leicestershire who is alive thanks to organ donation.

"It's wonderful to picture all the people now alive today thanks to organ donation and think of all the families and children who have grown up thanks to donors".

However, despite a "record breaking" public commitment to donation, NHS bosses are warning that there is still a shortage of donors. We don't want anyone in Lancashire to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation.

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

More than 200 people are now alive in Northumberland thanks to organ donation, according to new figures released today.

"It is hard as you are waiting for a live donor, which is rare, as you know that chances are that if an organ becomes available it will be from someone who has passed away".



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