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Vital organ donations.

I READ with interest the article in the Huddersfield Examiner regarding organ donations. Having spent four years on dialysis, 10 hours each and every night plus an hour during the afternoon, my sister gave me a kidney in June 2000. My organ is still going strong (touch wood).

My sister, Carol, is perfectly well with no after effects. Many people would benefit from live donor organs, particularly from within the same family. Such transplants are never done without full and rigorous testing to ensure the intended donor is healthy enough for the procedure.

I know relatives are frightened to donate and are frightened to allow organs to be taken from deceased family members but I see many transplanted patients whose lives have been drastically altered by such gifts of organs.

When people die and the doctors ask relatives if they can take organs they, the relatives, have to realise that the person is unfortunately dead but kept functioning on life support. They are operated on as any other person. They do not feel any pain, but the gifts they leave do save the lives of others who are in desperate need.

Please respect the wishes of your relative if they carry a donor card. It is what they want.

Other people willingly give a kidney for someone they do not know and this is known as an altruistic donation.

Sadly, many ethnic groups refuse to donate organs. This is due to a total misunderstanding on their part. These groups need to help their own due to tissue and blood matching.

Please, think about your relatives. Do they need help with a transplant? Can your recently deceased relative provide help? P Fahey Huddersfield

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2014
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