There are around 6,500 people in the UK waiting for a transplant. Some of them will be matched to a suitable donor. Sadly, many won't.Read the full story ›
Researchers say there should be an international database containing the very latest information about organ donations and transplants, so policy makers can make informed decisions on whether to adopt an opt-out or opt-in system.
The call comes after a study, carried out by The University of Nottingham, the University of Stirling and Northumbria University, showed that overall an opt-out system might provide a greater number of organs for transplant but many factors can influence the success of either system.
The research, published today in the online academic journal BioMed Central Medicine (BMC Medicine), is the first international comparison that examines both deceased as well as living organ/transplant rates in opt-in and opt-out systems.
The parents of a 12 year old from Leicester who died say donating her organs has saved the lives of three people.Read the full story ›
More than 300 people attended an event in Leicester at the weekend encouraging members of the Asian community to consider organ donation.
Organ donation not only gives joy and life to the recipients, and their families and friends, but also helps the donor's family come to terms with their loss by finding benefit in this 'gift of life' to others.
Any barriers putting members of the Asian community off donating organs will be tackled at a conference in Leicester today.
Although almost a quarter of all patients awaiting transplantation are of Asian origin, only 1.3% of subjects registered for organ donation are from an Asian background. Our main aim is to address this huge discrepancy by raising awareness of the importance of organ donation, and providing specific information to allow Hindus to feel more comfortable about this issue. We need to help to make a difference and save lives.
A temple in Leicester will be encouraging people to consider organ donation today.
At the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir they want people to know that Hinduism is fully supportive of organ donation.
There will be speeches from medical experts and testimonies from donors and recipients.
As part of a series of special reports marking ITV's 'From The Heart' campaign, we're raises awareness of organ donations here in the Midlands.
We've met with a woman who agreed to donate her husband's organs after he died suddenly. But there's more heartache for the family as their teenage daughter now needs a liver transplant.