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Organ and Tissue Donation

Currently around 7,000 people in the UK need a transplant and every day three people die because there are not enough organs available.

Organ transplantation saves and enhances people’s lives. It is often the best or even the only treatment for many patients suffering from disease and failure of a major organ, such as the heart. Many patients each year benefit from the a transplant, but this depends entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to consider organ and tissue donation.

Organ and tissues can be donated after death for the benefit of others

Organ donation is the gift of an organ after death to help someone who needs a life-saving transplant.

Kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and small bowel can be donated. Only a small number of people die in the specific circumstances which enables them to become organ donors. If it is not possible to donate organs after your death, most people are able to donate tissues. Corneas, skin, bone, tendons, cartilage and heart values can also be donated to help others.

Mandi and Gary’s story


“Aeron was just 18 years old when he passed away. Throughout his life he suffered from a brain condition called Lissencephaly Miller Dieker Syndrome. One day he had a very serious fit and was rushed to hospital.

“We were so desperate for him to recover but after several days in intensive care, doctors told us they couldn’t do any more for him.

“We received so much support and care at the time from the specialist nurses in organ donation and the medical and nursing staff at UHCW.

“As a result of Aeron’s death two people are alive today.”

Gary and Mandi, Aeron’s parents.

Organ Donor Register

Signing the Organ Donor Register takes a few moments but the gift can mean so much to others. 

Find out more and sign up at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, contact 0300 123 23 23 or text DONATE to 62323.

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