New Gazette campaign is calling on readers to join the organ donor register today and help save a life tomorrow.
THE North Devon Gazette is calling on readers to sign the organ donor register today and help save a life tomorrow.
Following last week’s front page story about 14-year-old Katie Gammon’s desperate wait for a double lung transplant, many of you have been getting in touch to offer kind words and support.
Calls and emails came from as far away as America, where two people contacted the family to tell their stories of life after successful lung transplants.
Around 20 people have offered Katie an electric mobility scooter she needs to help regain her independence.
Katie, from Barnstaple, suffers from cystic fibrosis and was put on the transplant waiting list four months ago after her health began to deteriorate and she struggled to breathe with use of just 16 per cent of her lungs.
We can’t give Katie the new lungs she so urgently needs but we can help give her – and many others – the chance of life by offering our organs after our deaths.
According to the latest NHS statistics, there are currently 11 people awaiting transplants in North Devon and five in Torridge.
Since 2008 there have been 17 organ transplants (including heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas) in North Devon, and 13 in Torridge.
Since 2008, 42 people have had their sight restored thanks to cornea and sclera transplants across the two districts.
As of October 5 this year, there were 36,487 people in North Devon and 17,601 in Torridge on the UK Organ Donor Register.
With your help, we can increase the number of people on the local register and offer hope to Katie and others awaiting organ transplants.
Katie’s mum Angie Hart said: “I would urge people to please sign the donor register today.
“When you’re a parent in this situation it’s so scary – all I want now is for my little girl to get new lungs.
“Katie was admitted to hospital on Monday with a chest infection and she’s quite poorly but she would ask people to please do the same.”
Currently around 10,000 people need a transplant in the UK and three people die waiting every day.
To add your name to the Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, telephone 0300 123 2323 or text JOIN to 84880.