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Calls For More Kidney Donors Across Yorkshire

New figures show that 63 people in Yorkshire have received a kidney transplant from a stranger in the last five years.

New figures show that 63 people in Yorkshire have received a kidney transplant from a stranger in the last five years.

It’s World Kidney Day on Thursday, with calls for more people in the region to consider making the life-transforming decision.

Organs are matched by blood group and tissue type, with those from the same ethnic background more likely to be compatible.

The NHS are celebrating by performing their 1000th transplant under the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme.

Paul Richards from Bradford, who had the operation in May last year, urges people to become a donor “Just think, how would you feel if it was one of your relatives needed a kidney? Would you donate to them? It can change somebody’s life dramatically, especially younger people, they can live normal lives again."

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Over 350 people are still on the waiting list, with those who do donate a kidney anonymously whilst they’re still alive are considered to be ‘game changers’.

Lisa Burnapp, NHS Blood and Transplant Lead Nurse for Kidney Donation has said: “Living donation has been a major success story for the UK, with 1 in 3 patients receiving a kidney transplant from a living donor. So, the more non-directed altruistic donors we have kicking off a chair means there are potentially 3 times as many transplants possible. Anyone in Yorkshire and the Humber who has ever considered donating to a stranger, could be one of those game changers who start the chain to enable more people to get the lifesaving transplant they so desperately need.”

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