Top artist backs opt out system of organ donation after kidney transplant done by surgical robot

MIRROR | Andrew Gregory

Painter Simon Ling, who's work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, has called for a change in the law that would help others in desperate need

Painter Simon Ling was given a kidney by a close friend
A top painter has backed the Daily Mirror’s campaign to change organ donation laws after undergoing a transplant with the help of a robot.

Simon Ling, whose work has been exhibited at Tate Britain , got a kidney from art teacher pal Steven Dowson to save him from having to go onto dialysis.

Mr Dowson’s kidney was transplanted into Mr Ling with the use of a surgical robot at London’s Royal Free Hospital at the end of March.

Both Mr Ling and Mr Dowson said today they support our calls for a change in the law on organ donation to introduce an Opt Out system across the UK.

The Mirror’s Change the Law for Life campaign demands a system where everyone in the UK is considered to have agreed to donate organs after death unless they opt out.

We have previously exposed how chronic shortages of donated organs result in thousands of Brits dying every year. Continue reading

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