Patiently waiting for the gift of life

TNT Magazine | James Clark

A group of hospital ‘patients’ dressed in surgical gowns and pushing saline drips took to the streets of London today to highlight the shocking fact that three people die every day in need of an organ transplant across the UK – equivalent to 21 people per week.

The hard hitting initiative was commissioned By Channel 5 to raise awareness of the urgent need for more people to join the Organ Donor Register and marked the launch of the channel’s new series The Gift of Life, produced with support from NHS Blood and Transplant, which starts on Wednesday 21 October at 10pm.

The three-part series follows the real-life journeys of patients in need of life-saving organ transplants. Filmed at the Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, each episode focuses on patients as they wait in hope for organs to become available before their window for life saving surgery closes forever.

A camera team captured the reaction of passers-by as the ‘patients’, played by actors, were spotted in locations across the capital including Oxford Street, Victoria and Westminster Bridge. A team from the channel accompanied the ‘patients’ dispensing information on how to join the Organ Donor Register. Continue reading