Mum’s plea as num­ber of or­gan donors falls

Macclesfield Express - - TOUGH NEW POWERS TO RECLAIM ‘NO-GO AREA’ -

FAM­I­LIES in Mac­cles­field are be­ing urged to con­sider do­nat­ing their loved ones’ or­gans af­ter a na­tional fall in do­na­tions.

New fig­ures show that 57 peo­ple in Cheshire have died wait­ing for a trans­plant in the last five years, while 172 more are cur­rently on the wait­ing list for a trans­plant.

In 2014-15, the num­ber of peo­ple do­nat­ing or­gans na­tion­ally fell for the first time in 11 years.

On av­er­age, three peo­ple are dy­ing each day as they await a trans­plant.

Last year, 49 lives were saved thanks to do­na­tions in Cheshire, but around four out of ten fam­i­lies refuse per­mis­sion for their loved ones’ or­gans to be used.

NHS Blood and Trans­plant is now ask­ing peo­ple in the re­gion to join the Or­gan Donor Register and tell their fam­ily and friends about their de­ci­sion.

It says fam­i­lies are more likely to agree to do­na­tion if they know it is what their loved ones wanted.

Jackie Hulme, whose daugh­ter Naomi Hulme from Mac­cles­field died last year while wait­ing for a dou­ble lung trans­plant, has backed calls for more peo­ple to be­come donors.

The 22-year-old mother-of-one, who suf­fered from cys­tic fi­bro­sis, was due to go on the wait­ing list for a new pair of lungs when her con­di­tion rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated.

Jackie said: “This is re­ally im­por­tant. We need more peo­ple to come for­ward as donors. It’s a big thing when you be­come a donor.

“You feel good that you are go­ing to do some good for some­body and help save lives.”

Sally John­son, NHS Blood and Trans­plant’s di­rec­tor of or­gan do­na­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion, said: “We are truly grate­ful to the de­ceased donors who en­abled 49 peo­ple in Cheshire to re­ceive an or­gan trans­plant last year.

“Sadly, 57 peo­ple have died while wait­ing on the trans­plant wait­ing list in the past five years.

“We can­not hope to save more lives un­less there is a revo­lu­tion in at­ti­tudes to­wards or­gan do­na­tion.

“We need ev­ery­one to talk about or­gan do­na­tion with their fam­i­lies and agree to do­nate if ever they are asked.

“We un­der­stand that fam­i­lies are ex­pected to con­sider do­na­tion in their dark­est hour.

“So we would re­mind ev­ery­one – tell those clos­est to you now if you want to do­nate your or­gans and record that de­ci­sion by join­ing the 359,508 peo­ple from Cheshire who are al­ready on the NHS Or­gan Donor Register.”

Visit www. or­gan­do­na­ or call 0300 123 2323.

●● Naomi Hulme lost her bat­tle with cys­tic fi­bro­sis while wait­ing for a lung trans­plant. She is pic­tured with her son Leo

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