Father’s plea for people to sign organ register as donations fall

The Weston Mercury | Sarah Robinson

THE number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in more than a decade.

Henry and Ollie Harrison.

It means people are missing out on life-saving treatments, and in some cases they are on the waiting list for years.

The figures from the NHS blood and transplant department show four in 10 families are refusing to allow their deceased relatives’ organs to be donated – often against that person’s wishes.

One Worle man who urgently needs a kidney is setting up his own charity to spread awareness and provide support to those waiting for a transplant.

Ollie Harrison has a rare kidney disease which affects one in 1,500 people.

Last year, his dad Henry, aged 60, wanted to offer one of his organs, but his plea was rejected because he has kidney stones and medics said the long-term risk to his health would be too great.

But the pair have not given up hope of finding a kidney for Ollie, aged 23.

In the meantime, they are setting up The Harmony Trust, which will offer counselling to families struggling with watching a loved one wait for an organ. Continue reading