Increasing number of grieving families give gift of life through organ donation

Northern Star, Australia

Dr Elena Cavazzoni, co State Medical Director for NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service, and organ recipient Marion Walsham of Banora Point, at Lismore Base Hospital. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

DECEASED organ donors have reached their highest ever number in 2015, according to Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service figures show there were 127 deceased organ donors in NSW in 2015 - surpassing the previous record of 102 donors in 2013 and exceeding the 2015 target of 116 donors.

Many people saved

The 127 donors enabled 379 organs to be transplanted.

There was also a boost in tissue donations in NSW in 2015, including 669 corneal transplants to restore sight, as well as heart valve transplants to correct malformations and bone and tendon donations for spinal fusions and treatments after cancer, trauma and sports injuries.

"Last year was a remarkable year for organ and tissue donation. At a time of immense grief and distress, a record number of NSW families chose to give the gift of life to someone in need," Mrs Skinner said.

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