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Record number of organ donors in 2017

From BBC - April 9, 2018

A record number of people donated organs in the UK last year, with the highest increase in 28 years.

There were 1,575 donors, an 11% increase on the previous year.

Ben Glean from Grimsby, who died aged 18, was one of those donors. He suffered a cardiac arrest from undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.

His mum Karen said: "I knew what Ben wanted because we'd had the conversation, which made it easier for me.

"In my darkest time there was a light to be shone for someone else."

He'd told his mum he was in support of donation but had not yet got around to joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

His kidneys were transplanted into two men in their 30s and his liver into a man in his 50s. His corneas were also used for two sight-saving transplants.

"The intensive care unit was absolutely incredible," said Karen.

"They were completely honest with me and answered countless questions. There are not words enough to thank those amazing nurses for the respect shown to my son, even after we knew there was no hope of him recovering.

"The tears of the nurses and doctors showed me how much they cared, and our goodbye to Ben was special because of them."

Describing his last moments Karen said: "I'd crawl through the machinery and wires to play with his curly hair, to stroke his beautiful eyebrows and to whisper in his ear.

"I must have told him hundreds of times I loved him and I begged him to come back even though I knew he could not.

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