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How many people in your area need a transplant?

There are thousands of people in our region waiting for transplants Photo: PA

This week is National Transplant Week, a time where people are encouraged to sign up to become organ donors.

This year's campaign is also encouraging us all to speak with our loved ones about our wishes concerning organ donation.

Just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decisions to be a donor, but this figure rises to 95% when they do.

20 million people are currently signed up to the donor register and yet, three people every day die across the UK while waiting for an organ.

But how many people in our region are in need of a life-saving organ donation?

Across our region, almost 100 people are waiting for a transplant; about 61 in Cumbria, 14 in the Borders and 27 in Dumfries and Galloway.

Over the last five years in Cumbria, 28 residents have died because of a lack of viable organs for donation. In the same period six people have died in Dumfries and Galloway and a further six in the Scottish Borders due to the same reasons.

There is however a positive side to organ transplants.

In our region 53 people's lives were saved last year as a result of receiving a donated organ. Of them 34 were in Cumbria, 14 were from Dumfries and Galloway and 5 came from the Borders.

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