I suppose I should disclosure an interest, I have an ongoing heart problem and because of the medication I’m on I have to have continual check ups to make sure my kidneys are ok.
As I was sitting in a Doctors surgery recently I read some pretty worrying figures that may not only effect me but other members of my community.
Black people are three times more likely to need an organ transplant but less than 1% of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are from our community.
A transplant is more likely to be successful if the donor and recipient have the same ethnic origin.
Currently over 760 people from Black communities are waiting for a transplant
This has lead to an acute shortage of suitable organs means Black people wait nearly twice as long for a kidney transplant
On average 3 people who need a transplant die every day in the UK, if more people registered as donors more lives could be saved.
For more information http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk
Or Text REGISTER to 84880