Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Organ Donor Numbers in Region Rise by 22%

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Organ Donor Numbers in Region Rise by 22%

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter

NUMBERS of organ donors in the North East have risen by nearly a quarter in just four and a half years.

Figures disclosed in parliament showed 846,355 people in the region were on the NHS Organ Donor Register as of this month.

That is an increase of 154,330, or 22.3 per cent, on the 692,025 people who were on the register at the end of March 2011.

It means that roughly one third of all men, women and children in the region have declared they are willing to donate.

"We know she still faces lots of challenges there are currently more than 300 people waiting for transplants in the North East.

other children don't have to face but she's doing really well.

Earlier this year, more than 20,000 people across the region agreed to become organ donors after a Chronicle and Journal campaign to boost the number of lifesavers in the region smashed its target.

Lesley-Anne Pace We set a target of getting 10,000 on to the Register, but the North East public have come forward in massive numbers and agreed to become donors.

Phoebe Pace, of Low Fell, Gateshead, has battled back from undergoing a transplant after she suffered massive liver failure.

The five-year-old took part in this year's British Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead, proving just how far she has come in her short life.

It was in October 2011, four weeks before her second birthday, mum Lesley-Anne noticed her daughter's skin seemed a bit yellow while they were out swimming together.

Following a visit to the GP, Phoebe was referred to Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where a number of tests were run.

It was then Lesley-Anne's life was turned upside down when doctors broke the news to her.

"As a result of a virus, Phoebe was in liver failure," recalls the 40-yearold. …

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