Organ donor law change could save hundreds of lives a year, says family of boy still on waiting list

MIRROR | Jeremy Armstrong
Max is waiting for a heart transplant (Image: Andy Commins/Daily Mirror)
Hundreds of lives a year would be saved by a new “Max’s law” on organ donors, his family say.

As MPs backed the Mirror campaign for waiting list patients like Max Johnson, almost 12,000 people signed our petition and the NHS donor register.

Experts also gave their support. Nine-year-old Max’s heart surgeon Asif Hasan and top figures at the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Heart Foundation backed our call for an “opt out” system.

This means people are taken to be donors unless they ask to be excluded from the national scheme.

The Mirror has told how Max, of Winsford, Cheshire, has waited six months for a donor organ after he was rushed to Freeman Hospital, Newcastle – a specialist transplant centre – with an enlarged heart. Continue reading
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