Organ Donation

I Didn't Really Comprehend How Incredibly Important My Sight Was Until It Was Gone

Laura Grady | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Grady

The difference both my cornea transplants have made to me is incredible. I only really realised how lucky I was when I needed a second one. At that point I wouldn't have been able to see at all had I not been lucky enough to receive the first.

A Shift To An Opt-Out Organ Donation Is Welcome But We Must Talk More About Death

Professor John Forsythe | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
Professor John Forsythe

There is still evidence that families turn down the possibility of organ donation from their loved one much more frequently in the UK than in Spain. It is clear that the community of the UK is now strongly in favour of organ donation and a legislative change may encourage families to have the conversation about organ donation so that relatives know and agree to donation.

The Difference Having An Opt-Out Organ Donation System In England Would Make To Families Like Mine

Abi Munro Farrow | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Abi Munro Farrow

We've lost so much of her childhood and we feel like we've been given another chance now. A chance we always hoped, but never really believed, we would get. A chance that we will make the most of, every single day. That's the difference an opt out system will make. More transplants, more lives saved and more lives LIVED.

Campaigners Overjoyed At 'Life-Saving' Organ Donation Law Change

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A mother who lost her daughter to organ failure broke down in tears on Wednesday after Theresa May revealed an overhaul of donation laws in England. T...

Selena Gomez Reveals She's Had A Kidney Transplant

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Selena Gomez has opened up about receiving a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa, after battling lupus. The singer took to Instagram to sh...

Emotional Video Diary Reveals What It's Like To Be On The Transplant Waiting List

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman in need of a liver transplant has shared an emotional video diary of her time on the waiting list, in the hope it’ll encourage others to don...

Mum Explains How She Told Her Kids She Has Breast Cancer And Their Dad Is Waiting For A Kidney Donor

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum-of-two who has breast cancer has spoken about the importance of tackling difficult conversations with children head on, especially when you don...

It's Really Not Very Difficult, Prime Minister - We Need More Organs

Lloyd Embley | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Lloyd Embley

In Britain three people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. And more than 6,000 patients are waiting for an organ which could transform their life. And that is why the Mirror has been campaigning for the past two years for a change in the organ transplant laws in England which would mean people are deemed to have consented to their organs being donated after death, unless they have said otherwise. We believe if our Change the Law for Life campaign is successful, the number of donors will increase by 25% and hundreds of lives will be saved every year. 

This Incredible 13-Year-Old Helped Save More Lives Than Any Other Organ Donor

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 13-year-old girl has been identified as the UK donor who saved or transformed the most lives through organ donation. A typical donor enables between...

From Diabulimia To Organ Failure: Mum Tells Daughter's Transplant Story To Urge Others To Donate

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Patricia Carroll, 65, has lived through the unthinkable. Her daughter Natalie, who lived with Type 1 diabetes, died at the age of 38 after battling ki...

Woman Dies After Contracting Mystery Infection, Where 'Yellow Eyes' Were Only Symptom

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An office worker died after contracting a mystery infection, which left her in need of an organ transplant within weeks. Jade Gulliver, from the Isle ...

My Journey Through Kidney Disease To A Brighter Future

Michael Banks | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Banks

I'm a British expat who's been living in San Francisco since 1989. I was a successful leadership coach and avid cricket player until one day, five years ago, I was shocked to discover I had chronic kidney disease (CKD).

I Will Always Regret Not Donating My Dead Son's Heart

Ali Reynolds | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Ali Reynolds

life less ordinary banner It was a snap decision that you don't ever expect to have to make - and many years later this is a decision I have come to regret. Because of my ignorance and lack of understanding someone may have died that day waiting for a heart. I live with that guilt today.

Two Brothers On The Genius Kidney-Sharing Scheme That Changed Their Lives Forever

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Sam Blackburn, 32, needed a second kidney transplant, his younger brother Josh, 26, jumped at the chance to help. Unfortunately Sam, from Sheffie...

We Must Speak To Loved Ones About Death And Organ Donation

Lucy Dames | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Dames

This week is Organ Donation Week - a time when I would encourage you all to speak to your loved ones to know their wishes and for them to know yours. A few words now can make an extraordinary difference to people who have no hope other than a stranger choosing to donate.

Hundreds 'Dying Unnecessarily' Each Year Because Families Don't Approve Organ Donation

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than three families a week are saying no to organ donation because they didn’t know what their relative wanted. This means around 460 lifesavin...

Meeting The People Who Have My Son's Organs Made Me Feel Whole Again

Deanna Santana | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Deanna Santana

life less ordinary banner We learned that Scott saved the lives of five people through organ donation, gave sight to two through cornea donation, and has restored mobility to 73 others through his tissue donation. These gifts that Scott gave helped carry me through the darkest days of my life and we began to volunteer for Sierra Donor Services, the organ/tissue procurement organisation that facilitated Scott's donation.

More Than 50,000 People Now Alive Thanks To NHS Organ Donations

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The number of people currently known to be alive thanks to organ transplants has broken 50,000 for the first time. According to a new report by NHS Bl...

UK's First Double Hand Transplant Patient Shares How His Life Has Changed Since Landmark Operation

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says writing a letter to thank his surgeon has been one the highlights of his first nine m...

Kidney Shaped Love

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Melissa Thermidor

Whether you're single or coupled up, Valentine's Day is looming. All things pink and fluffy and the annoying singing teddy bear that always seems to a...

My Message Of Hope To Heart Patients

Sudhir Choudhrie | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sudhir Choudhrie

What followed was a lifetime of health problems, mainly prompted by a leaky valve in the heart which had been discovered at the meeting with the insurance company's doctor. In 1996, my fragile but hardworking heart literally began to break - and it was to do so twice over in the coming years, both physically and emotionally.

Babysitter Donates Part Of Her Liver To Save Baby Girl She Looks After

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A babysitter went above and beyond the call of duty by donating part of her liver to save the little girl she was looking after. Kiersten Miles was w...

Emotional Moment Woman Meets Daughters Of Organ Donor Who Saved Her Life

PA Real Life | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was just days from dying when her life was saved by donor lungs has had an emotional meeting with the dead woman’s daughters. Georgina C...

Joining The Organ Donation Register

John Hibbs | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

We've been fortunate enough to have two healthy babies who are growing into strong girls. Neither has had anything more than a runny nose or high temperature so far. But what if this wasn't the case and we were reliant upon healthcare beyond the usual measure of calpol or the odd appointment with the GP? How would we deal with that?

Parents Live Blog Baby's Heart Transplant With Incredible Videos Of Surgery

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents

WARNING: This post contains images and videos of surgery, which some readers may find graphic. A mum and dad shared live updates from hospital as the...