Hospital Opens Memorial Garden For Donors
10:38am 10th August 2012
The need to donate organs to save the lives of others has been highlighted at the opening of a memorial garden at Dorset County Hospital.
The area's been created to commemorate those who, in death, helped extend the lives of others.
Andrew Ball is clinical director of hospital's critical care unit and clinical lead for organ donation.
He says its important we consider we may need replacement organs in the future.
Transplants save lives
In the UK between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012:
- 3,960 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,143 donors.
- 1,107 lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combined heart/lungs, liver/kidney or liver/pancreas transplant.
- 2,846 patients' lives were dramatically improved by a kidney or pancreas transplant, 173 of whom received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant.
- A further 3,521 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant.
- A record number of 674 kidney transplants from donors after circulatory death took place and accounted for one in four of all kidney transplants.
- 1,009 living donor kidney transplants were carried out accounting for more than a third of all kidney transplants. 'Non-directed' living donor transplants (also known as altruistic donor transplants) and paired and pooled donations contributed more than 80 kidney transplants between them.
- Almost 942,000 more people pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing the total to 18,693,549 (March 2012).