Steven Agnew MLA supporting organ transplant awareness week

North Down MLA Steven Agnew today, Monday, 07 September 2015, voiced his support for organ donation at the start of Transplant Awareness Week.

“For a family to agree to donate the organs of a loved one under such difficult circumstances is, I believe, one of the most selfless acts that can be undertaken,” he said.

“I ask everyone to spend a few minutes to consider organ donation and the difference that it could make, potentially saving lives.

“Nobody likes to think about death, let alone talk about it, and so it is also important that you make your wishes known to your own family.”

Bangor resident William Johnston has been the recipient of a kidney transplant.

Mr Johnston, who chairs the Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association said,

“I spent 17 years undergoing kidney dialysis four times a week for four and half hours. During that time, my life was inevitably restricted. I couldn’t drink a glass of water or travel far unless I was booked in for dialysis nearby.

“I will never forget the moment that the transplant coordinator called me to say that a suitable kidney had been found, and I am eternally grateful to my donor and their family for giving me the gift of life.

“Organ donation is a miracle, made possible by the generosity of others. Please consider joining the organ donation register and discuss your wishes with your family.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Transplant Awareness weeks runs from 7 – 13 September

Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association: http://www.nikpa.org/

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