Desborough woman who received kidney donation from dad urges people to give '˜the greatest Christmas gift'

A Desborough woman whose life was saved by her dad after he donated a kidney to her has urged people to sign the Organ Donor Register.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:37 pm
Kathryn and her dad Kevin.

Kathryn Abraham was diagnosed with kidney failure and over time her kidneys gradually got worse as she ended up on dialysis.

In 2013 her dad Kevin donated an organ to help his daughter live life to the full - and she is encouraging others to give the greatest gift this Christmas.

Miss Abraham, who is an advocate of charity Live Life Give Life, said: “His gift of life has turned my life around and I am now able to live my life to the full.

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“What are you waiting for?

“Register to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your relatives.”

Since the 1960s, almost 80,000 transplant recipients have been given the chance of a new beginning, thanks to the kindness of more than 30,000 people who donated their organs after their deaths.

Yet every day across the UK, around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors.

There are currently around 6,500 people on the transplant waiting list.

Sarah Jones, trustee of Live Life Give Life, said: “Almost all of us would take an organ if we needed one, however less than one-third of us have actually signed the organ donor register. 

“By taking just a few minutes to sign up, you could save up to nine lives after you’ve gone.

“Organ donation could affect anyone; it’s vital that people take the time to think about it and talk to their families about their wishes. 

“That will save them a lot of angst at an already difficult time.”