More organ donations are needed

More people in Northumberland need to spell out their

organ donation decision, NHS Blood and Transplant has said.

In Northumberland, 24 residents have died due to the shortage of organs in the last five years and there are currently 36 people in Northumberland waiting for a transplant.

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people to spell out their decision to be an organ donor during National Transplant Week 2014 which runs from July 7 to 13.

The aim of this year’s campaign is to increase awareness that the decision to donate a loved one’s organs falls to the family if you die in circumstances where you can donate.

If you’ve already talked about it, your family won’t have the burden of having to guess what you would have wanted at an incredibly difficult time and they are more likely to support your decision to donate.

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to spell out their decision to donate by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by having a conversation with their family.

Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Last year ten people living in Northumberland benefited from a life-saving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died, a decision that we know makes them incredibly proud.

“We know that families are much less likely to allow organ donation to go ahead if they don’t know it’s what their loved one wanted.”

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