Thursday, July 8, 2010

#Transplantweek Statistics are People

I thought that I would include some figures in the blog about transplants.
As you may have noticed I have included a counter on the blog that counts down people dying in real time from various lung conditions.
Stay a while and see how quickly it happens.

The facts are 3 people will die in the UK every day while they wait for a transplant by the time Transplant week finishes there will be 21 less people on the list like me

One person that has been campaigning this week is Victoria Tremlett and her friend Jennifer Grannell read their stories on the Daily Mirror site
This has been the most positive coverage I have come across so far in the media.

The facts are bad only 28% of the population are signed up on the register of organ donors more than 10,000 people are in need of a transplant

  • You are more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.
  • A donor can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and small bowel and can restore the sight of two people by donating their corneas.
  • Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery.
  • The majority of relatives agree to organ donation and with the introduction of the Human Tissue Acts on 1 September 2006, which make the wishes of the donor paramount, it is hoped that more families will be encouraged to respect their loved one’s wishes. It is important that you discuss organ and tissue donation with the people closest to you so that, if the time ever comes, they will find it easier to confirm your wishes to NHS professionals.

  • Some ethnic groups are three times as likely as the general population to develop kidney failure.
  • The need for organs in the Asian community is three to four times higher than that of the white community. This is because conditions such as diabetes and heart disease - that can result in organ failure - occur more often in the Asian population.
  • One donor can save up to Nine other people
Sign the register and make a difference you can fill a form online here

NHS Organ Donor Register

you can ring the NHS donor line 0300 123 23 23

or you can text SAVE to 84118

Once you have registered you will be sent a donor card in the post. A record will be kept so that if you lose the card your wishes will be know.Please let your nearest and dearest know so that if they need to give consent in the event of your death they will know how you feel.

If your friends are far away you can use the form on the heart to heart site to send a email and let them know that you are on the register here

Heart to heart message

Please don't let any more people become statistics


  1. Blimey, I was really surprised by some of those statistics. Especially the bit about being more likely to need a donor than become one and also saving up to 9 people from 1 donor.

    I have learned such a lot from your tweets and reading this blog. You inspired me to sign up to the Organ Donor Register too.

    All the best for now and the future my friend. Stay Happy and Safe.


  2. Thanks for the comment I am so glad that you found the information helpful and am glad that you have decided to sign up on the register it is one of the reasons I write the blog all the best Mark


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