Organ donor call for Hull and East Yorks residents

Published: Monday 25th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Residents in Hull and East Yorkshire are being encouraged to sign the organ donor register as part of a new life-saving campaign.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ‘Be A Hero’ drive aims to raise awareness of the number of people waiting for transplants in the region.

Some 26 people are currently on the waiting list in Hull and East Yorkshire, with around 800 in total across Yorkshire.

“The message behind the campaign is very simple; you don’t need to be a superhero to save a life,” says Dr Mike Felgate.

“For those involved in organ donation, a hero can come in many forms. It might be the donor who saved your life. It might be the family that consented to it. We would all accept an organ if we needed one, but only around a third of us have joined the Organ Donor Register.

“We hope that by showing how much potential there is in organ donation, and how many people in our area are in desperate need of transplants, we’re looking to motivate as many people as possible to sign the donor register ensuring that, in time, everybody who needs an organ in Hull will get one in time.”

The campaign claims every person has the ability to save or significantly improve up to nine lives by registering as an organ donor.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Monday 25th January 2016 by The News Editor

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