1000 people per year die whilst waiting transplant. Whilst living donation schemes have increased kidney transplantation, deceased donation in particular BSD provides organs for virtually all heart and lung transplants, the overwhelming majority of liver transplants as well as kidney transplants. There is also increasing waiting list figures as people live longer and the incidence of diseases leading to end stage organ failure are increasing. 2003/2004 when age-related and other restrictions to kidney transplant waiting list were relaxed.
Heart A heart transplant can return a person to near normal life Lungs Single and double lung transplant along with heart lung transplant is a second chance at life Liver Children and adults need this lifesaving transplant Kidneys From each organ donor, two people can be free from dialysis Pancreas/Islet Cell Can dramatically improve or cure diabetes Iliac Crest Made into several blocks; for spinal fusion and stabilization Saphenous & Femoral Veins To replace blocked arteries in heart bypass surgery; also used for limb saving reconstructive surgeries Skin Life-saving temporary skin replacement for severely burned patients; also used for trauma reconstruction Tendons for knees, ankle and shoulder repair and stabilization surgery Long Bones & Connective Tissue Long bones for whole or partial replacement to repair skeletal defects caused by cancer, degenerative diseases, trauma or birth defects Heart Valves To replace defective or diseased valves Intestine For children with malabsorption or congenital defects Corneas To restore or improve sight
For me, transplantation equals hope, a chance, a rainbow. It offers a hope that there are better things to come. Hope that you might step through the looking glass and experience a life you've not dared to dream about in case it should not materialise. And that dream alone is worth fighting for, especially as when it comes true, it's bigger, better and more colourful than you ever could have imagined.
“ Transplants don't last forever. Sad but true. But do you know what? If it all ended tomorrow, I've already done a billion and one things I never thought I'd do, seen a billion and one things I never thought I'd see. I've experienced "normal" life...all thanks to one person, one decision...one family”
Schoolboy, 10, killed in road crash saves lives of FIVE people after donating his organs
“ George wanted to change things for the better and his attitude was 'if you think you can, you can.' He will certainly have changed the lives of those five people and we are very proud of him” (Sarah and Jonathan Higginson)