29 people die due to shortage of organ donations, new figures reveal

Bournemouth Echo: SECOND CHANCE: Kate Hennessey and mum Gail Stewart SECOND CHANCE: Kate Hennessey and mum Gail Stewart

TWENTY-NINE people in Dorset have died due to the shortage of organ donations in the last five years, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.

New figures released to mark the launch of National Transplant Week, reveal there are 105 people across the county waiting for a transplant.

The aim of this year’s campaign is to encourage families to discuss organ donation with their loved ones and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Among those backing the campaign are 21-year-old Kate Hennessey from Wimborne and her mother Gail Stewart.

Kate had a second chance thanks to a lung transplant.

Gail says: “When Kate was given very little chance of getting a lung transplant, we were faced with her imminent death.

“The rest of her organs were functioning okay. It would have given us great comfort to think that out of our own personal tragedy, some happiness was given to another family.”

But Gail says she understands why some families say no to donation.

“They are in shock themselves, dealing with grief and chaos. It is very hard to think of the needs of others at such an awful time.

“We are well aware that our joy has only come about at a time of great sadness for another family.

“I really hope that they take some comfort from the fact that their decision has saved so many other lives.”

Three people die every day...

On average, three people a day die in need of an organ transplant in the UK.

Four out of ten families do not give permission to donate.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Last year 27 people living in Dorset benefited from a life-saving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died.”

To register visit transplantweek.co.uk Follow NHS Blood and Transplant on Twitter @NHSOrganDonor Also support them on Facebook and remember to #spellitout.

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6:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

My dad is waiting for a transplant. He has been waiting for two years. Every late night phone call you hope it could be 'the call'

The sooner stem cell research is able to grow new organs the better. When stem cells advance, you won't have all the anti rejection meds or have to deal with the pain of waiting for an organ.

There should be an 'opt out' rather than relying on donor cards.
My dad is waiting for a transplant. He has been waiting for two years. Every late night phone call you hope it could be 'the call' The sooner stem cell research is able to grow new organs the better. When stem cells advance, you won't have all the anti rejection meds or have to deal with the pain of waiting for an organ. There should be an 'opt out' rather than relying on donor cards. misplacedspaniard
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7:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

on-the-sunny-side says...

no. they died due to their own organs failing. getting a transplant is a wonderful bonus. its not a right. I agree its very sad but don't try to blame everyone in the country . its not our fault.
no. they died due to their own organs failing. getting a transplant is a wonderful bonus. its not a right. I agree its very sad but don't try to blame everyone in the country . its not our fault. on-the-sunny-side
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7:52am Thu 10 Jul 14

Tedd52 says...

I was one of those blessed 27 who were given a new chance of living life. I received a gift of a new liver, and that gift has transformed my life.
I was one of those blessed 27 who were given a new chance of living life. I received a gift of a new liver, and that gift has transformed my life. Tedd52
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1:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

joozey says...

It may not be a right but medical advances have progressed and now people can get a second chance. Can I ask if you were in organ failure would your principles override your need? I received a kidney in 2004 and because of a selfless act by a grieving family my children got to grow up with their mum by their side (I was a single parent)
It may not be a right but medical advances have progressed and now people can get a second chance. Can I ask if you were in organ failure would your principles override your need? I received a kidney in 2004 and because of a selfless act by a grieving family my children got to grow up with their mum by their side (I was a single parent) joozey
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12:28am Fri 11 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

on-the-sunny-side wrote:
no. they died due to their own organs failing. getting a transplant is a wonderful bonus. its not a right. I agree its very sad but don't try to blame everyone in the country . its not our fault.
What a disgusting comment. If you knew you or a loved one would need an organ wouldn't you pray for someone to help?

I'm actually incensed at your stupidity. Well karma will come back and bite you on the ar$e and when your time comes I hope you don't get an organ as it 'isn't a right'
[quote][p][bold]on-the-sunny-side[/bold] wrote: no. they died due to their own organs failing. getting a transplant is a wonderful bonus. its not a right. I agree its very sad but don't try to blame everyone in the country . its not our fault.[/p][/quote]What a disgusting comment. If you knew you or a loved one would need an organ wouldn't you pray for someone to help? I'm actually incensed at your stupidity. Well karma will come back and bite you on the ar$e and when your time comes I hope you don't get an organ as it 'isn't a right' misplacedspaniard
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