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Actor backs transplant week

Birmingham-born Homeland star David Harewood has revealed that watching someone he knew die inspired him to become an organ donor.

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David Harewood supports National Transplant Week

Celebrities, including Birmingham actor David Harewood have shown the public how important it is to let those closest to them know that they want to be an organ donor.

Figures released by National Transplant Week, which starts today, has shown:

  • Around 7,300 people are currently on a waiting list for a life-saving transplant
  • Although 95% of families agree to donation if they know a loved one has registered, less than half of people agree if they do not know their relative's wishes
  • Last year, there were 1,212 people who donated their organs after death, but only 56 of those were from ethnic minority groups

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