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Leeds students honour organ donor pupil who died last year

More than 1,500 students and staff members have paid tribute to a pupil who died last year by spelling out a special message on their sports pitch. Students at The Grammar School at Leeds honoured 12-year-old Hoshi Naylor, who died after being hit by a car in January 2018. Her organs were donated to four people in need of a transplant after she died. The students stood in formation to spell out the words ‘Be A Hero’, which is the name of the organ donor campaign led by Leeds Teaching…

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Organ donation: ‘Thanks for your loved one’s liver’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiver transplant beneficiary: ‘I have a baby boy thanks to you’ Ellie Lacey was just hours from death, desperately needing an urgent liver transplant. Two years on, the 32-year-old from Cardiff is a new mum and has written to her organ donor’s family to express her joy at life while acknowledging their terrible loss. It was seven long months after finding out I was pregnant, that I finally mustered the courage to sit down and write. I had been putting it off,…

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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Image copyright Getty Images People who join the NHS’s UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs. It is hoped the measure can help to boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds. Research has found religious and cultural beliefs are the main barrier to organ donation in these communities. Education ‘key to end BAME donor…

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Organ donation: Man’s nine-year wait for heart transplant

Image copyright NHSBT Image caption Gareth Evans has been waiting for a heart transplant since 2009 Father-of-two Gareth Evans has needed a heart transplant for nine years. The 45-year-old, from Stockport, has been waiting longer than anyone else in the UK on the current list of heart transplant patients. His health is declining and, as Organ Donation Week begins, the NHS wants people to join the UK’s donor register. NHS Blood and Transplant figures show about 3,000 lifesaving transplants were missed in the last year, as families would not donate…

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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

Image copyright NHS Blood and Transplant A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves “Max’s Law”. Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year. In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England. A…

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Mother calls for families to speak about organ donation

A mother from Pembrokeshire wants it to become normal for families to speak about the issue of organ donation. The law in Wales changed in 2015 to presumed consent unless someone has opted-out. Stella Curran, whose nine-year-old daughter Belle needs a lung transplant, says the system will only work if the issue becomes normal to talk about. Source link

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Phillip Hancock: Rare foreign organ donor praised in China

Image copyright PETER HANCOCK Image caption Phillip Hancock is the first foreigner to be an organ donor in Chongqing Phillip Hancock had been working as an English teacher in China when he unexpectedly fell ill and died last month. The posthumous gift of the Australian’s organs has been lauded in China, a nation with few foreign donors, and changed five lives. Mr Hancock, 27, died from complications related to type 1 diabetes in the city of Chongqing on 9 May. According to the Red Cross Society of China, he became…

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