'Live donors' urged to give organs to cut waiting times

From BBC - April 16, 2018

People have been urged to donate organs while they are still alive to help people waiting on transplant lists.

Donna Turner-Kot from Maesteg, Bridgend county, gave a kidney to her father and said risks were "no greater than having your tonsils or appendix out".

In 2015, a system of presumed consent was introduced in Wales for the use of organs after people die.

But in 2017/18, 31 people became live donors. However, 5,000 people are waiting for a new kidney in the UK.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said donating could "transform lives", adding: "Often, living donors are close relatives or friends but you can still donate an organ to someone you do not know."


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