More than 70 people in Northamptonshire are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, it has been revealed as the annual organ
donor Christmas List campaign is launched.
This month, NHS Blood and Transplant has been running a Christmas List campaign to draw attention to the thousands of people who are waiting for a transplant across the UK and to encourage everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Sadly, not all of those waiting will get the transplant they need.
New figures showed 46 people in Northamptonshire had died while on the transplant waiting list during the past five years, and their families will be facing Christmas without them.
Other people have been more fortunate and will be able to celebrate Christmas looking ahead to a brighter future. 49 patients in Northamptonshire have received a transplant this year, thanks to families agreeing to donate a loved one’s organs.
Christmas can be a difficult time for people on the transplant waiting list.
Their condition may mean they are too sick to enjoy it and many will worry it could be their last Christmas.
Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “Every year thousands of patients on the waiting list in Northamptonshire and around the country have a Christmas clouded with anxiety and uncertainty.
“Some severely ill people might spend the whole of Christmas in hospital, just hoping they get a life-saving transplant.”
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 62323. Once you’ve signed up, tell those closest to you that you want to donate, the NHS advises.