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Walton: Bid launched to improve life-saving transplant process
6:00pm Monday 17th March 2014 in News
A BID has been launched to make the transplant allocation process better in the UK to save more lives.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has formed a report detailing new steps to make life-saving transplants easier.
Walton woman Dawn Bostock, who suffers with cystic fibrosis and had a life-saving double lung transplant in 2007, has backed the campaign’s message.
At the moment only 20 per cent of lungs donated are actually used in transplants and one in three people with cystic fibrosis dies while waiting for a transplant.
The steps devised by the trust to cut that death rate include a new system of allocating organs.
They are currently distributed by region, but the suggested new system would see them allocated to those most in need, regardless of location.
Bosses also want to see the supply of organs available for transplant boosted by the introduction of presumed consent – meaning people would not have to be on a donor list to provide organs.
Dawn said: “I’ve seen a lot of friends and people I came to know who didn’t make it while they were waiting for a transplant.
“Hopefully these steps would make more organs available and mean more people survive.”
In 2013, 88 people with cystic fibrosis were listed for a transplant.
Of those 18 people died and 59 remain waiting.