Man forced to wait four years for kidney transplant

Aberdeen Journal | David Kerr

An Orkney man has criticised the Scottish Government after being forced to wait for years for a new kidney.

Steve Sankey spent four years waiting for and organ transplant and had to endure three years of dialysis and regular flights to Aberdeen for check-ups.

But he believes he and others in his situation could be spared the wait if the government adopted an “opt out” system for organ donations.

At present people have to sign up to the organ donor register for their organs to be used in transplants.

The government said it was committed to increasing the number of donors but evidence was split on whether an opt-out system would work. Continue reading