Shropshire families invited to talk about organ donation
It comes as more than 7,000 people, including 200 children, are in need of organ transplants.
The hidden impact for these patients, which includes 43 people currently on the transplant waiting list in Shropshire, is highlighted with the release of a new song by children’s choir Harmonies of Hope called Invisible.
After a most difficult year for the NHS and people around the world, waiting lists for organs, including kidneys, heart, liver and lungs, are expected to increase.
The NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on more families in the county to speak out and share their organ donation decision to increase the chances of the many children, youth and adults in need of their own life calling.
Last year, 18 people in Shropshire had their lives saved thanks to a transplant after a person died and their organs were donated.
If more people agreed to donate, more lives would be saved, and it is hoped that the choir song will get people talking about organ donation.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ‘Every day in the UK thousands of patients and their families await this vital call, including 43 people in the UK. Shropshire.
“Yet this is often only possible because another family receives some of the most difficult news they might have to hear.
“Even though the organ donation law has changed to a withdrawal system for adults in England, Scotland and Wales, it is important for people to know that families will always be consulted prior to donation. organs.
“It’s just as important as ever to let your family and friends know about your organ donation decision and let them know what will happen to you in the event of your death.
“We urge all family members of all ages in Shropshire to take a moment this organ donation week to speak up and share your decision.”
Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Waiting for an organ match can be a difficult and isolating experience, and I want to commend Harmonies of Hope for their courage in sharing such powerful transplant stories. saving.
“It is essential that we do everything possible so that no child feels invisible while waiting for a game, especially families from under-represented ethnic minority communities where donation rates are not high.
“That can change and I urge families across the country to have honest and frank conversations this week about organ donation. It’s a decision that could save someone’s life.
For more information or to register your organ donation decision, visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.