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50000 people alive due to organ donation

50000 people alive due to organ donation

Rising numbers of people in Yorkshire are signing up to donate vital organs when they die, new health statistics reveal, as the amount of people alive nationally because of transplants has reached a "milestone" figure of 50,000.

The latest figures from the NHS arrived after campaigners called for a law change in England which would give automatic presumed consent that their organs can be used for a transplant after they die unless they "opt-out".

"As the heart was no longer pumping blood to organs, we swiftly operated post-death determination" said Dr. Amit Singhal, Associate Director of Liver Transplantation & HPB Anaesthesia at BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

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.

There's also been a rise in the number of people on the Organ Donor Register in the county - with more than 437,000 signed up.

In the early 1990s, an adult undergoing a common kidney transplant had a 66% chance the organ would still be functioning after five years, but this figure how stands at 87%.

A year ago alone, 33 people in Cumbria received a life-saving or life-enhancing transplant.

More people are alive thanks to transplants because of improving survival rates and increased public commitment to donation. In 2012 there were just 20 transplants.

"I was always on the organ donor register myself before I became ill and now I need someone to help me".

Some 457 people died previous year while on the active transplant waiting list, meaning they were ready to receive a donor organ but one did not arrive in time.

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. "Now we need more organ donors to come forward so everyone requiring a transplant stands the best chance of receiving one". First of all, family refusal is less likely when the possibility of donation is raised by trained requestors - specialist nurses for organ donation.

"Every one of those people who died could be a mother or a father, a daughter or a son, who might be alive today", Ms Johnson said.

They're giving somebody a life not just me, children.

In March 2011/12, there were 37,165 people in Blackpool on the NHS Organ Donor Register, compared to 46,679 as of this March. "It only takes two minutes". 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.

"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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