1. ITV Report

Sheffield man waiting for bowel transplant issues opt-out organ donation plea

Ricky Moate is in desperate need of a bowel transplant. Credit: ITV

A man from Sheffield who has been told he will die if he doesn't get a bowel transplant has urged all MPs to vote for a new opt-out organ donor system.

Ricky Moate, 33, had a birth defect that meant that his intestines grew outside of his abdomen - leading doctors to suggest he was unlikely to survive.

He had more than 60 operations to correct the problem but that left him suffering from 'short bowel syndrome' and in need of a transplant.

He believes politicians from all parties should "do the right thing" by changing the organ donation system and help to ease the shortage of donors.

MP's will vote on the issue on Friday and if it is approved everyone will be registered as a donor unless they state otherwise.

Ricky has also launched a crowdfunding page to make life easier in the run up to a possible transplant.

He could be expected to travel to Oxford for his operation, which could keep him in hospital for three months.

The funds would support him and his family to make the journey and help them for the duration of his possible stay in hospital.

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