Nottingham: top place for kidney transplants.

Organ-donor-shortage-0011700 people had their lives saved by kidney transplant teams at Nottingham City Hospital over the last 40 years.
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This week, hospitals in Nottingham’s city are celebrating 40 years of successful kidney surgeries.

Tom Page, 56, was the first person to receive a live kidney donation at Nottingham City Hospital in 1996 from his wife Karen.

tom-and-karen“In July 1990 I become very ill and doctors told me I had to have an operation otherwise my kidneys would fail. I went on dialysis for 6 years. Karen offered to donate five years into my treatment, but doctors were unsure as we are not blood related.

In  1996 the doctors finally agreed after a year of persuading them. We were the first live donation transplant in Nottingham between husband and wife. The operation saved my life” – Tom Page, kidney transplant survivor.

Despite the celebrations, 132 people in the city of Nottingham still need a kidney. In the past five years 9 people have died as a result of not receiving the organ in time.

Richard Bowen, Renial Recipient Coordinator at Nottingham City Hospital, looks after people who are waiting for a transplant. He is pleased the number of surgeries have increased, although kidneys are still in demand.

“You have to bear in mind that you are three times more likely to need a donation that you are to become an organ donor.”

Live donations are becoming more frequent.

Listen below for Richard’s interview;

 

According to Organ Donation the East Midlands has only 29% of the population registered on the list, compared higher rates in places such as Scotland 40% and the South West 37%.

To join the register click here.

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