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ITV's From the Heart campaign encourages people to save a life by donating an organ. There are always 10,000 people across the UK waiting for a transplant. Three of them die every day.
But the problem is most acute among the Black and Asian communities. They are more prone to kidney disease and it's much safer if they can receive organs from their own communities because of problems matching blood and tissue types.
Nearly 3,000 people in the UK in need of an organ transplant are from minority groups. Yet just 0.4% of people on the organ donors register are black, and only 1.3% are from the Asian community.
Sangeeta has been to Oxford to investigate and meets Dr Paul Harden, consultant transplant physician, Dr Jasdev Singh Rai, of the British Sikh Consultative Forum and kidney donor Juanita Sackey.
Consultant transplant physician Dr Paul Harden, from Oxford, says there's an 'anxiety about donation' and a lot of misconceptions about the risks involved. Every day 3 people will die waiting for a transplant, due to the desperate shortage of donor organs.
There are currently ten thousand people waiting for a transplant, and none of them know whether they will get the call in time. We'll be exploring the issue of organ donation in our From the Heart series this week.
Dr Jasder Singh Rai – General Secretary of the Sikh Consultative Forum – says reluctance to donate in ethnic minorities is not because of religious objections. Rather it is a problem of cultural differences and superstition.
We'll be looking at this issue in more depth in our series of special features this week.
Jeffrey’s sister Juanita Sackey explained how she was apprehensive about donating her kidney, but it was far easier than she expected. She's now leading a completely normal life - working full time - and living life to the full. She's hoping to encourage more people to donate their organs.
We are launching an exciting new campaign to help save thousands of lives and we want your help. Every day 3 people will die waiting for a transplant, due to the desperate shortage of donor organs.
There are currently ten thousand people waiting for a transplant, and none of them know whether they will get the call in time - life is a lottery on the transplant list and we want to try and change it. So, all this week we'll be looking at the issue and speaking to people like Jeffrey.
Jeffrey was badly ill with kidney disease 3 years ago. He tells Sangeeta that having a transplant changed his life.
Next week, ITV is launching an exciting new campaign that will hopefully improve the chances of thousands of people waiting for an organ transplant. It's called From The Heart and it involves you. Here's Stacey Poole with the details.