By a County Press reporter
Published on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 08:00
Six Islanders have died due to a shortage of organs since April 2009, however, over the same period, seventeen people have had their lives saved by donations. Twenty-three are waiting for a transplant.
The matter of organ donation falls to the family, making it important to tell relatives and loved ones of the desire to donate, the NHS Blood and Transplant service said.
Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHSBT said:
"To help more people we need everyone, even if you’re one of the 49,098 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register on the Isle of Wight, to tell those closest to you that you want to donate your organs. Please have the conversation and spell it out."
TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones has backed the campaign: "More people are willing to be an organ donor than are actually signed up. But signing up and telling your relatives of your decision would saves thousands of lives. I'd encourage everybody to consider spelling out your donation decision as potentially the greatest gift you can give anybody."
The NHS say due to a lack of donors in the UK, three people die per day needing an organ transplant. They encourage speaking to the family about the decision because four out of ten families don’t give permission to donate when approached.
For more information on National Transplant Week, phone 0300 123 23 23, or visit www.transplantweek.co.uk, where you can also register your personal organ donation decision.
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