Europe's 'largest heart transplant group' stage organ donor push


A hospital believes it has staged Europe's largest gathering of heart transplant patients to urge people to sign up to the organ donor register.

One hundred and eighty five people whose lives were saved after receiving new hearts formed a heart-shape in the grounds of Harefield Hospital, north-west London, to mark the start of National Transplant Week on Monday.

They included some of the world's first transplant patients who were treated by renowned heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub in the 1980s, as well as patients who received their life-saving organs this year.

Stephen Syer, 73, who had his heart transplant in 1984, said: "I consider myself to be a guinea pig and I'm so glad I was. Thanks to the transplant I've done everything I wanted to in my life and have been around for the births of my six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren."

Jayne Davis, 70, who received her new heart at Harefield Hospital 20 years ago, said: "I had two months to live when I was given the gift of life by a very generous person and I want to encourage other people to give this gift too." Continue reading