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Over one-hundred people in Hampshire await organ transplant this Christmas

Picture credits: NHS Blood and Transplant

134 people across the county are currently facing Christmas on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

In the whole of the UK, there are more than 6,000 people on the list, including more than 180 children.

People across Hampshire are being urged to share their decision on organ donation, so their families know what they want when they die and more patients receive the transplants they need.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

“Christmas is an incredibly busy time of year, however away from the rush and bustle of preparing for the holiday it should also be a time for family and thinking of others.

“We are urging everyone in Hampshire to take a moment to think about the people who will spend their Christmas hoping for just one thing; a life saving organ transplant.

"Would you like to help if you could? If you needed a transplant, would you want someone to donate to you?

“Please let your family know what your organ donation decision is so that we can save more lives.

"Every precious organ donor allows more families to spend special times together.

“A quick chat can save lives, and we know that even at a time of grief families take enormous comfort and pride from their loved one’s donation.”

The laws around organ donation are changing in England from spring 2020.

All adults will be considered as agreeing to donate their own organs when they die, unless they 'opt out', or are in one of the groups not covered by the new law.

NHS Blood and Transplant are encouraging families in Hampshire to talk about and share their decision.

There is more information at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, where you can also join the NHS Organ Donor Register, amend your details and more.

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