Appeal as six die waiting for organ donor in Hartlepool – with 13 more still on transplant waiting list

Anthony Clarkson, assistant director for organ donation for the UK
Six people from Hartlepool have died in the last decade while waiting for organ transplants and 13 more are waiting for a life changing operation.

The figures emerged as transplant chiefs urged people to get involved in organdonation - and let their families know their post death wishes.

NHS Blood and Transplant revealed the tragic numbers to mark Organ Donation Week which starts today.

They are urging people to tell their families they want to become donors in a bid to save and change lives.

Officials say a reluctance to talk about the issue is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs.

Anthony Clarkson, assistant director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s a tragedy that people are dying unnecessarily every year in Hartlepool waiting for transplants. Continue reading

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