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Thousands alive in Surrey & Hampshire thanks to organ donation

Thousands alive in Surrey & Hampshire thanks to organ donation

The number of people alive thanks to transplants has exceeded 50,000 for the first time, with a record number receiving a transplant past year, according to an NHS Blood and Transplant report.

The latest figures from the NHS arrived after campaigners called for a law change in England which would give automatic presumed consent that their organs can be used for a transplant after they die unless they "opt-out".

"The milestone figure has been reached thanks to record levels of public support for organ donation and improvements in survival rates", said a spokeswoman for NHS Blood and Transplant. Nearly 2,000 received transplanted pancreas and 1,000 transplanted intestines.

The number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register has also reached a record number, 23.6 million, up by 4.9 million over five years.

In the early 1990s, an adult undergoing a common kidney transplant had a 66% chance the organ would still be functioning after five years, but this figure how stands at 87%.

Last year, 194 people in West Yorkshire had transplants in comparison to 144 five years ago. In 2012 there were just 20 transplants.

Emma and Drew, parents to Britain's youngest ever organ donor, said it is a "national scandal" England has not introduced an opt-out scheme.

In December there were 6,500 people in the United Kingdom now on the waiting list for a transplantWhat organs can be donated?

Michaela Fenton, aged 47, is among 6,400 people now waiting for a new organ to save their lives.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "More people than ever in West Yorkshire are committing to organ donation and that is saving more lives than ever".

Some organs from people who have had current and past cancers can be used, if the surgeon weighs up the risk of the organ with the risk of a patient who needs a transplant dying. First of all, family refusal is less likely when the possibility of donation is raised by trained requestors - specialist nurses for organ donation. Every one of those people who die could be a mother or a father, a daughter or a son.

"Families tell us donation is a source of pride that helps them in their grieving process". We don't want anyone in Northumberland to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation.

To register, fill out a quick form on the NHS website, which takes around two minutes to complete.

The mum-of-two, originally from Sheffield but who now lives in Wickersley, Rotherham, only discovered her liver was failing when she went for a routine medical as she was preparing to emigrate to New Zealand with her husband Jonnie and their two children, Mollie and Lola in 2010.

Mr Whalley said: "Her organs have potentially given life to nine other people".

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price added: "Organ donation transforms and saves lives - these numbers show excellent progress and are a testament to the brilliant work of NHS Blood and Transplant and all those involved".