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Art installation celebrates organ donors

The artwork is installed at Southmead hospital in Bristol Photo: ITV West Country

People who have donated their organs after their death have been commemorated in a new art installation at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Bristol Artist Penny Leaver Green created the artwork Credit: ITV West Country

Just 39 per cent ofpeople in the South West are on the organ donor register. It's hoped the artwork by Bristol Artist Penny Leaver Green will inspire people to consider donating their organs, whilst recognising the life-changing impact a transplant can have.

Jo Pattinson's organs helped five other people Credit: ITV News

Ken Pattison lost his wife 2 years ago at the age of 65 after a brain haemorrhage. But Jo's organs went on to help five other people.

In the South West:

people on the organ donor register
people on the transplant waiting list
people have died waiting for an organ in the last 5 years
Words from the families of patients who gave their organs as well as those who received them Credit: ITV West Country

Dr Ian Thomas is the Clinical lead for organ donation, Southmead Hospital. He says its vital that people join the donor register.