Give Something Extra This Christmas

21/12/2011

Give Something Extra This Christmas

‘A single organ donor can save up to five lives’ was the key message at the launch of an organ donation campaign at Altnagelvin Hospital.

 

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) hosted the event today to launch the campaign which encourages people to sign up to the organ donor register (www.organdonation.nhs.uk) and which emphasizes the impact of successful organ donation.

 

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “Today is about highlighting the positive impact an organ donation has on the quality of life of for both the recipient and their families. The Western Trust hopes that by informing people of such benefits they will be encouraged to sign the Organ Donor Register, and ultimately give the gift of life.”

 

He continued: “Our children and young people have benefited from the miracle that is transplantation.  The special event shows and celebrates the tremendous life-giving success or organ transplants as embodied in our young people and we are here to kick start a campaign to get everyone we know, and many we don’t to join the Organ Donor Register.  The act of registration and donation is the single most selfless and compassionate act one human being can do for another.”

 

Western Trust Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Dr Declan Grace stressed the urgent need for more donors: “Approximately 10,000 people require an organ donation each year in the UK, with three patients dying each day before an organ becomes available. On average a single organ donor can save up to five lives, a truly wonderful legacy for any individual to leave behind.”

 

Dr Pat McKiernan a Consultant Paediatrician at the Liver Unit in Birmingham Children’s Hospital joined in to the event via videolink.

 

Hannah McDevitt aged 3 from Cornshell Fields, Derry is the recipient of a successful liver transplant and is the face of the campaign.  Hannah’s mother Shauna speaking about the success of her daughter’s organ donation said: “Hannah is a little treasure to us and her life has been totally transformed by the liver transplant.  This donation is perhaps the greatest gift we could ever have asked for.”