72 people in Dorset waiting for a lifesaving gift

72 people in Dorset waiting for a lifesaving gift

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:49am 4th December 2019.

A lifesaving gift is on the Christmas list of 72 people in Dorset this year

They are all on the waiting list for an organ transplant. 

They join more than 6,000 people across the UK, including over 180 children.

Families in Dorset are being urged to share their organ donation decision this festive season, so that their loved ones know what they want when they die and more patients can receive the transplants they need.

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Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: 

"We are urging everyone in Dorset to take a moment to think about the people who will spend their Christmas hoping for just one thing: a life saving organ transplant. Would you like to help if you could? If you needed a transplant, would you want someone to donate to you?

"Please let your family know what your organ donation decision is so that we can save more lives. Every precious organ donor allows more families to spend special times together.

"A quick chat can save lives, and we know that even at a time of grief families take enormous comfort and pride from their loved one's donation."

'Organ donation law is changing'

From spring 2020 in England, the law around organ donation is changing. 

All adults in Dorset will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate, known as 'opt out', or are in one of groups not covered by the new organ donation law. 

Families will still always be involved in organ donation, so it is vital that they know your choice.

In the lead up to the change in law, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families in Dorset to talk and share their decision.

If the time comes, families find the organ donation conversation much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.

There is more information at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, where you can also join the NHS Organ Donor Register, amend your details and more.