Organ donors needed to save lives

THE Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is urging people to sign up with the national Organ Donor Register. Transplant donor co-ordinator Marie Garside says: "One donor can give life to several people.

THE Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is urging people to sign up with the national Organ Donor Register.

Transplant donor co-ordinator Marie Garside says: "One donor can give life to several people. There is a critical shortage of organs and more than 8,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant, mostly awaiting a kidney transplant, and this includes over 500 people in East Anglia needing a transplant. Every year around 1,000 people die while waiting."

Retired company director Peter Stokes lost his wife suddenly in December 2007 but he and his family drew great comfort from the fact that his wife wished to donate her organs.

No fewer than five successful transplants were possible, and four of those patients are still alive over two years on.

Mr Stokes said: "There is a great sense of satisfaction that others have benefited which has really helped our family cope with the sadness of losing a loving wife and mother."

To sign up as an organ donor, call the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23. Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies or go to http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk