New organ donors signed-up at 999 event

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More than 130 new organ donors registered at Eastbourne 999 event.

In total they signed up 132 people on to the Organ Donor Register.

Dr Tuhin Goswami, clinical lead organ donation, said, “We are pleased more people have signed up to the organ donation register but would encourage more to do so. I am grateful to Ali Reynolds, Rupert Kirby, Sarah Callaghan and Lois Howell from our organ donation committee who gave freely of their time to sign up people.”

“In the UK, one in three people die every day, while waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. It doesn’t have to be this way. We want to encourage people to sign up to the donor register but more importantly, to tell their next of kin of their wishes. Telling your nearest and dearest is important so they fully understand and honour your wishes regarding organ and tissue donation. It’s true that in the UK, two out of five (40 per cent) families refuse organ donation even if their loved one has signed and consented to this on the organ donor register.”

“Each and every organ donor can give the gift of life and save up to nine people and can help many more through tissue donation such as skin, corneas and tendons.”

Anyone can join the register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how_to_become_a_donor/registration or calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.

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