Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin’s Norwich father Mark calls for more people to become organ donors, seven years after life-changing transplant

NORWICH EVENING NEWS | Lauren Cope
Mark Claflin, centre, pictured with his son Sam Claflin, right, and a close family friend. Picture: Mark Claflin

Seven years ago, on his way to work, Mark Claflin received the phone call for which he had spent 18 months waiting.

It was one which would change his and his family’s lives for the better, but one which only came because a teenager had tragically died.

On June 10, 2010, Mr Claflin, from New Costessey, underwent a life-saving kidney and pancreas transplant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, with organs taken from the 14-year-old donor.

Today, seven years on, he has urged others to “change lives” and bring positive out of tragedy by becoming an organ donor.

Mr Claflin, father of The Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13, a condition he describes as “brutal”, and one which saw him suffer a heart attack aged 33 and left him partially-sighted, with a host of health problems.

When his kidneys started to fail, the 57-year-old began dialysis, until doctors suggested he should go on the transplant waiting list. Eighteen months later, the call came. Continue reading
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