Consultant says babies are dying because of 'crazy' organ donor rules

Children desperately in need of tiny organs "are dying" because the UK forbids babies here becoming donors

A senior consultant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital said five babies in his care have died over the last 18 months because of "crazy" rules around organ donation.

UK legislation means babies under two months old cannot become organ donors. In other countries in Europe, Australia and the United States, they can, and there is nothing in the UK to prevent organs being imported from abroad.

Dr Richard Kirk, a consultant paediatrician at the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle said the law had "double standards" and was leading to a shortage of donors to help babies in this country who desperately need them.