MORE than 400 people living in Warwickshire are alive thanks to organ transplants.
The figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant service also show there are more than 200,000 people across the county on the organ donor register – nearly 30 per cent more than five years ago.
But the service say there is still a shortage of donors, in particular those from black and Asian backgrounds.
Director Sally Johnson said: “More people than ever in Warwickshire are committing to organ donation and that is saving more lives than ever. It’s amazing to picture all the people now alive today thanks to organ donation and think of all the families and children who have grown up thanks to donors.
“However there is still a long way to go. Around three people still die a day in need of a transplant. Every one of those people who died could be a mother or a father, a daughter or a son, who might be alive today.
“Families tell us donation is a source of pride that helps them in their grieving process. We don’t want anyone in Warwickshire to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation.”
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk to sign up to the register.