Devon

Donor register sign-up in memory of daughter in Exmouth

Steve Gazzard
Image caption Steve Gazzard promised his daughter he would continue her fight for more people to become donors

A man whose daughter died after she failed to get a double lung transplant in time has held a mass donor register sign-up in a Devon town.

Steve Gazzard's daughter Sarah Wright died aged 36 on 9 November and her funeral was on Wednesday.

Mr Gazzard, from Exmouth, said 50 people had signed-up to the register in the town on Saturday.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said more than 7,500 people across the UK were waiting for an organ transplant.

'Continue the fight'

Mr Gazzard said: "I've promised my daughter that I would continue this fight, she was a very pro organ donor and I said I would continue the fight for her.

"I can understand concerns about not becoming a donor, but I would ask them to think about what could happen to them when they die."

Lynda Hamlyn, chief executive of NHSBT, said: "Our core purpose is to save and improve patients' lives and we would like to see more of those waiting for transplants receiving the organs they need.

"Research has revealed that over 90% of people support organ donation and yet only 30% of the population have signed up to the Organ Donor Register."

Ms Wright died at Harefield Hospital, in London.

The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has not commented.

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