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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Organ donation 'a real legacy to leave', campaigners say

BT 

The family of a talented young performer who died at the age of 12 have spoken of how organ donation provided them with some comfort in the midst of their grief.


The family of a talented young performer who died at the age of 12 have spoken of how organ donation provided them with some comfort in the midst of their grief.

Karis May Darling died after suddenly developing meningitis in 2011 - but her organs were used to help five people in desperate need of a transplant.

Speaking at the start of Organ Donation Week, her father John said he found "a light at the end of the tunnel" knowing there were people "enjoying their birthdays and Christmases because of my little girl".

The annual awareness drive comes after figures revealed that only around 1% (5,603) of people who die each year do so in circumstances where their organs could be donated, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.

With some 6,500 people on the waiting list for organs, the health authority urged more families to discuss their wishes for when they die, in a bid to combat a donor shortage.

It is feared that scores of opportunities to use healthy organs are missed because relatives don't know if their loved ones wanted to be a donor before they died.

Mr Darling, 50, from Corringham, Essex, spoke of how his daughter - who had been signed to a talent agency for performance and was a promising martial artist - wanted nothing more than to help others. Continue reading
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