Survey shows that Asian people more reluctant to talk about organ donation, contributing to deaths amongst Asian people waiting for a transplant….reports Asian Lite News

Organ donation box arriving at hospital for transplant operation
Although many black and Asian patients are able to receive a transplant from a white donor, for many the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background. Blood and tissue types need to match for a successful transplant and organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match.

However only 33% of Asian people have told their family they want to be an organ donor compared with almost half (49%) of all adults in England, an NHS Blood and Transplant Survey has found.

NHS Blood and Transplant has revealed the figures to mark Organ Donation Week (September 4 to 10) and is urging people to tell their families they want to become lifesaving organ donors.

Hasnath Siddiquey had a lifesaving transplant after suffering heart failure aged just three, which doctors believe was the result of a viral infection. Continue reading

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