As you may know, we have heard the wonderful news that the long-awaited 500th donation has now taken place. Today, 21 September, The charity Give a Kidney, in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, are officially announcing the 500th non-directed living kidney donation in the UK.
This means that more than 500 people have helped save the life of stranger by becoming a living kidney donor, and to mark this milestone NHS Blood and Transplant and partner charities like BKPA are now calling for more people to consider saving lives by donating to a stranger. Altruistic donors are especially valuable because they can generate transplant chains, where up to three kidney transplants are triggered thanks to the generosity of one stranger.
Fiona Loud, Policy Director at the British Kidney Patient Association, said: “The generosity of living donors is absolutely fantastic; we and the patients we support are very grateful for the gift of life which organ donation gives. The altruistic programme has transformed lives by giving more kidney patients the chance of a transplant and we are delighted that this important milestone has been reached. We hope it will continue to encourage more living donors and more kidney transplants.”
- For information on becoming an altruistic kidney donor, contact your local kidney transplant centre. Information and details here https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/living-donation/
- To register your commitment to donating your organs in death, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.
- Share your decision with your friends using #YesIDonate
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