More Than 50000 People Now Alive Thanks To NHS Organ Donations

"About three people still die a day in need of a transplant".

New figures by NHS Blood and Transplant, released today, reveals that 363 people in the county have survived thanks to a transplant.

In South Tyneside the current number of people registered is 48,500 - up from 37,003 five years ago.

Meanwhile, the father of an 18-year-old Leeds student who gave the gift of life to others after her tragic death has backed a call for more people to join the register.

In Northumberland, the number of people on the organ donor register has increased by 27 per cent over the past five years.

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".

More than 1,500 people are now alive in Surrey and Hampshire thanks to organ donation.

"The milestone figure has been reached thanks to record levels of public support for organ donation and improvements in survival rates", said a spokeswoman for NHS Blood and Transplant.

Even with record highs of people signing up to be donors, the NHS say there is still a long way to go and a big shortage in the number of organs being donated.

Some 457 people died a year ago while on the active transplant waiting list, meaning they were ready to receive a donor organ but one did not arrive in time. It's incredible 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. We don't want anyone on the Isle of Wight to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation.

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It means 36 per cent of the British population is on the donor register, compared to 30 per cent five years ago.

To register, fill out a quick form on the NHS website, which takes around two minutes to complete.

THE number of organs being transplanted and donated increased past year.

The number of people living in West Yorkshire now known to be alive thanks to organ transplants has reached 1,891, with 731,335 people on the register compared to 592,683 in 2012 (a 23 per cent rise).

Emma and Drew, parents to Britain's youngest ever organ donor, said it is a "national scandal" England has not introduced an opt-out scheme.

People from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match - but at the moment, there are not enough black and Asian donors to meet demand.

The Felixstowe mother-of-two had a liver transplant at Cambridge's Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2014, after being diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis, which causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue.

"Words cannot describe how thankful I am to my donor family".

The indescribable relief and happiness that families have found as lives endure where they would otherwise have been shortened. You've just no life on a dialysis machine, you've got no life at all.

  • Regina Holmes