‘We wouldn’t be alive without organ donation’

Sheeba Young
Sheeba Young

Two people who wouldn’t be alive without the kindness of strangers are encouraging people to discuss organ donations with their loved ones.

This week is National Transplant Week and Oli Lewington and Sheeba Young are asking people to discuss their wishes with their family after their lives were transformed thanks to organ donations.

There are 145 people in Northamptonshire waiting for an organ and during the last five years 43 people in the county have died while waiting for a transplant.

Sheeba Young, 36, who lives in Lincoln Way in Corby, had a double kidney and liver transplant 11 years ago which changed her life. She said: “I wouldn’t wish the life I used to have on my worst enemy. I was in hospital for months at a time and never thought I would get out of bed again.

“I received the organs of a 15-year-old girl and can never thank her family enough. They gave me a life. When you donate an organ you give a life, you give someone a future.”

Oli Lewington, 30, of Irchester had a double liver transplant five-and-a-half years ago and said: “It is impossible to describe the extent to which a transplant transforms your life. You can plan for the future and celebrate things you and your family never expected you to see. You suddenly have a life full of hope instead of one without hope.

“Even if people decide not to sign up to the organ donor register I would ask people to talk about it and have the conversation with their family, and think about what their wishes might be.”

To sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.transplantweek.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323.