Mother pleas for more to be aware of organ donation

A Devon mother has made a plea for more people to be aware of organ donation - and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of eleven - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people. She spoke to us as new artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital thanking bereaved families.

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'More organ donors needed' in the south west

A mother from Devon is asking more people to be aware of organ donation and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of eleven - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

New artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital, thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

In England three people a day die who are on the organ transplant waiting list.

Mum makes plea for more to be aware of organ donation

Emily Gorman died at the age of 11

A mother from Devon has made a plea for more people to be aware of organ donation - and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of 11 - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

Jackie spoke to ITV as new artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

The 11-year-old's kidneys and heart valves have been used to help others.

The heart valve I was informed was used on a six month old baby boy who had a congenital heart defect.

That was ten an a half years ago and it's great to think you know hopefully he's a fit and healthy thriving eleven year old little boy, it's great.

– Jackie King

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Organ donator families thanked with dandelion art work

Artwork in the form of dandelion clocks have been unveiled in Derriford Hospital - to thank families who have donated organs after loved ones' deaths.

The Gift of Life Flower Seed Head, designed by Karen and Tony van de Bospoort, is made from stainless steel and acrylic, and will be on show in the main concourse of the hospital.

It's a metaphor for survival, and it's hoped will communicate the positive aspects of organ donation and transplantation to patients, members of staff and the public.

Alongside the installation will be a plaque recognising the generosity and importance of the act of organ donation.

Every day in this country three patients who are on a waiting list for organ transplantation die.

The national and local NHS has implemented strategies that successfully increased the number of organ transplants by 30% between 2007/8 and 2012/13.

This equates to around 3000 patients having their lives saved or transformed by organ donation, known as the ‘gift of life’.”

The Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee wished to formally and publicly acknowledge the profound generosity of organ donors - and their families who so kindly supported their decision - by commissioning a suitable piece of art.

– Martin Walker, Chair of the PHNT Organ Donation Committee
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