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Hopes for widespread benefits from 'inspirational' Transplant Games

The 2015 World Transplant Games have been launched at the Sage Gateshead ahead of the events in Tyneside this coming summer.

Though direct economic benefits are expected for the region through the event honouring transplant athletes, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Graham Wylie says he hopes it will also boost the number of people in the North East who register to become organ donors:


British Transplant Games launched on Newcastle Gateshead quayside

Kaylee Davidson-Olley. Credit: Tom White/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The British Transplant Games will be officially launched today (November 13) on the Newcastle Gateshead quayside by Kaylee Davidson-Olley the UK's first ever successful baby heart transplant patient.

The four day event will take place at venues across Tyneside next summer.

Consultant says "Crazy" organ donor legislation means babies are dying.

A leading consultant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle says tiny babies are dying because current legislation governing heart donation is out of date.

Dr Richard Kirk was speaking after the publication of a report by researchers at Great Ormond Street Hospital calling for the UK to be brought in line with Europe, American and Australia

At present strict rules prevent babies under two months becoming donors, but they don't forbid organs being imported from abroad. Dr Kirk says the current system has led to the deaths of five babies under his care in the past 18 months

Full report: Woman gets long-awaited transplant after kidney 'swap'

A woman who has been waiting for 12 years for a kidney transplant is finally due to get one after a matching donor agreed to donate their's, but only as long as someone she knew gave a kidney in return.

Karen Williams' husband, Jez Williams, immediately agreed and the operation is due to take place on Monday. If everything is successful it will mean a new life for Karen and another unknown kidney patient. Julia Barthram reports.

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