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Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea

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The number of people waiting for a lung transplant has gone up by 46% over the past five years, according to official figures.NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the challenge of matching lungs of the right size and a rising number of ageing donors are possible factors.It called on people to talk about organ donation, because lung transplants are the only hope for those on the list.The overall waiting list for organs has come down over the same period.There are now 354 people waiting for a new lung in the UK, compared to 242 in 2012-13 - Laura Beattie from Greater Manchester is one of them.'I get breathless even getting dressed'Laura, 29, from Stretford, has cystic fibrosis and was added to the transplant waiting list just over...
Opt-out organ donation 'in place by 2020' for England

Opt-out organ donation 'in place by 2020' for England

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A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves "Max's Law".Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year.In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England.A similar opt-out system has been in place in Wales since 2015. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme and Northern Ireland has also expressed an interest. "Max's Law" is named after Max Johnson, from Cheshire, who was saved by a heart transplant.His search for a suitable heart was followed in a s...
Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLucia Mee has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work raising awareness of organ donation.The 18-year-old, from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, who has had three liver transplants - the first aged eight - is the youngest person on the New Year Honours list.She campaigns for organ donation to be taught in schools and for everyone to sign the organ donation register.She previously told the BBC that each new organ was "a gift".Miss Mee was diagnosed with auto immune hepatitis when she was young and told she needed a new liver.However, two transplant surgeries in 2007 and 2009 ended in her body rejecting the new organs and she received her third new liver when she was 16.'Education and conversation'"For me, it has always been a special thin...
How to make your charitable donation dollars count

How to make your charitable donation dollars count

Finance
Americans are getting into the giving spirit. Of course, donations generally pick up as the holidays approach. About 40 percent of all donations are made in the last few weeks of the year, according to nonprofit rating site Charity Navigator.And 22 percent of American adults say they are giving more to charity in 2017 than they did last year, according to a recent Bankrate.com report. Only 12 percent said they are giving less.Altogether, charitable giving has increased year over year almost every year since 1976, Charity Navigator said. Last year, it reached a record $ 390 billion, and this year is on track to surpass even that."The pool keeps getting bigger as more and more people get involved," said Rachel Hutchisson, chair of the Giving Institute, a trade association. "Generosity is inc...