Published On: Mon, Jul 7th, 2014 on 2:18 am

Over 80 people await an organ transplant in Bradford

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Bradford residents are being urged to sign up to the organ donor register, as the latest statistics reveal that around 92 people are awaiting a transplant.

People are being asked to think about becoming a donor during National Transplant Week 2014 running from 7 July to 13 July this week.

From 2013 to 2014, a total of 1,182 people received a transplant in the region, which was the highest number of transplants in the last four years.

But five kidney patients also died waiting, according to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Renal consultant and the Foundation Trust’s lead on kidney transplantation, Dr John Stoves, said that National Transplant Week should act as a reminder that donors can all help save lives.

He also highlighted a national initiative to support organ donation in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, led in collaboration with the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA) and other national bodies.

Dr Stoves said: “On average, one in three people die waiting for a transplant every day because there are not enough organ donors.

“Only a very small percentage of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are from BAME communities, so it is more difficult for patients from these communities to find a match and they end up waiting much longer for a kidney transplant, approximately four years on average.”

Last year, Mohammed Islam received a kidney from his younger brother who donated after it proved difficult to find a match due to a lack of donors.

Now Mr Islam wants to encourage more people to sign up, who said: “The gift of life does not seem like something each and every one of us can give, but you can.

“For every kidney dialysis patient that receives a transplant, it’s not just them you are giving another chance to, but their whole families and friends.”

If you would like to know more about the UK organ donor register, please visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, or call the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.

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