Plea for donors to help save trans­plant lives

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - STU­ART GREER

FAM­I­LIES in Mac­cles­field are be­ing urged to sign up to the Or­gan Donor Register to re­duce the num­ber who die wait­ing for a trans­plant.

Fig­ures show that 57 peo­ple in Cheshire have died in the last five years, while 170 more are on the wait­ing list.

Last year 22-year-old mum Naomi Hulme from Mac­cles­field died while wait­ing for a dou­ble lung trans­plant.

Now as part of Na­tional Trans­plant Week, which runs from Septem­ber 7-11, East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, are aim­ing to raise aware­ness of or­gan do­na­tion.

Staff and vol­un­teers will be run­ning pro­mo­tional stands at the hos­pi­tal to sign up the Or­gan Donor Register and tell their fam­i­lies about their wishes.

Visi­tors will be able to sign up on the spot us­ing a tablet de­vice.

They will be joined by Karen Wolfenden, whose six-year-old daugh­ter El­lie-Mae’s life was saved thanks to a man who do­nated his or­gans af­ter death.

Karen, from Tyther­ing­ton, will ex­plain first-hand how or­gan do­na­tion af­fected her fam­ily.

She said: “My daugh­ter El­lie-Mae had a life-sav­ing liver trans­plant just days af­ter her first birth­day.

“Nearly six years on she has just taken part in her fourth Bri­tish Trans­plant Games, some­thing we never thought we would get to see.

“With­out the kind­ness of both her donor and his fam­ily she sim­ply would not be here to­day.

“One in three peo­ple die while wait­ing for a donor. It doesn’t have to be this way with your help.

“Please con­sider be­ing listed on the Or­gan Donor Register and tell your next of kin of your wishes.

“Telling your near­est and dear­est is im­por­tant too so they fully un­der­stand and hon­our your in­ten­tions if the time came to do­nate.”

In July, Naomi Hulme’s mum Jackie backed calls for more peo­ple to be­come donors.

Jackie said: “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.”

Dr John Hunter, med­i­cal di­rec­tor and clin­i­cal lead for or­gan do­na­tion, said: “Ev­ery sin­gle donor is pre­cious as they can save or trans­form the lives of up to nine peo­ple and help many more through also do­nat­ing their tis­sues such as skin, corneas and ten­dons.”

To register or find out more drop into Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal be­tween Septem­ber 7 and 11, visit or­gan­do­na­tion.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

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

●● Six-year old El­lie-Mae Wolfenden was saved by an or­gan do­na­tion

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