Wanted: life-saving organ donors
A thousand people die every year in need of an
There is an organ donor shortage in the UK with on
average three people dying every day in need of an organ. One
reason for this is that only around a third of people in the UK are
signed up to the Organ
Once you've signed the register, it's vital you tell your
friends and family that you want to be a donor and then have a
conversation about their wishes, too. Letting them know what
you want is a simple conversation to have and could make it an
easier decision at a difficult time.
Heart transplants offer the best
chance of long term survival for critically ill heart failure patients to recover and lead a
full life, like mum Wendy Lingham.
'I thought I was going to die'
Wendy was well until she was 23 but when her son, Josh, was
born she was diagnosed with post-partum dilated cardiomyopathy. She
was told she had heart failure and
put on medication.
heartfelt blogs about her inspirational journey
“To be told at 23 years old was absolutely devastating. I
thought I'd never get to see my son grow up because I was going to
Heart failure had profound effects on her life. She
developed the symptoms of heart failure including breathlessness
“I did feel guilty a lot of the time because I wasn't able
to do the things other mothers were doing with their children. On a
good day I could take him a few metres to a local park..”
In February 2011, Wendy was assessed for a heart
transplant. She was given just weeks to live, placed on the
emergency list and received her transplant. The night before the
operation she said her goodbyes to her best friend, mother, sister
and son because she didn't know if she would wake up again.
She spent two months in intensive care.
Now she has a completely new lease of life with her Josh. Last
year she did a 25-mile bike ride for us and this year is planning
to do another BHF 40-mile ride in York.
“I have got a life now; I am not a walking zombie like I was
before," she said.
Organ donation facts
Every year 1,000 people die waiting for an
Although 9 out of 10 people say they
support organ donation, just 3 out of 10 are on the Organ Donor
Every organ donor can go on to save as
many as nine lives