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Baby Teddy inspires thousands to sign donor register

Teddy's dad Mike, mum Jess and Teddy's surviving twin Noah. Credit: Cambrensis

Thousands of people have signed the organ donor register after being inspired by the story of baby Teddy Houlston.

Teddy became the UK's youngest ever organ donor when his parents made the agonising decision following his death just 100 minutes after he was born.

The Daily Mirror reported an extra 2,000 had registered since the story broke - an increase of 378%.

And his dad Mike told the newspaper it was now "Teddy's legacy."

Read more: Teddy's parents: 'We wanted our son to make a difference'


'Revolution' in attitudes on organ donation needed

There needs to be a "revolution" in societal attitudes towards organ donation so more lives can be saved, the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS BT) has said.

The proportion of families who agree to organ donation after the death of a family member remains "stubbornly low", NHS BT spokeswoman Sally Johnson said.

Organ donations in the UK are at their highest level ever, the NHS BT has said. Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

Figures show that during 2013/14, more than four in 10 families approached about organ donation said no to donating a loved one's organs.

"Family refusal is our biggest problem and it's sad we lag so far behind some other countries in terms of consent/authorisation rates to donation," she added.

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