South Yorkshire patients dying waiting for a transplant

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A total of 75 patients waiting for an organ transplant in South Yorkshire have died over the last five years, new figures reveal.

It has also emerged that there are 228 people currently waiting for a donor organ in a bid to save their lives.

Last year 67 people received a donated organ following a death and another 17 benefitted from living people donating a kidney or part of their liver.

NHS Blood and Transplant released the figures in its annual Transplant Activity Report.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “We are truly grateful to the deceased donors who enabled 67 people in South Yorkshire to receive an organ transplant last year.

“Their donations have saved and improved lives. Sadly, 75 people from South Yorkshire 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 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 383,820 people from South Yorkshire who are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“Should the time come, your family will know you want to donate your organs to help to save others.”

Anyone can be listed on the register on the organ donor register regardless of age.

To find out more visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323.