a WOMAN who has waited an agonising decade for a kidney transplant is urging everyone to sign up as organ donors.
Victoria Garland relies on dialysis three times a week to survive, and is currently not able to have children because of renal failure.
The 32-year-old has spoken as part of World Kidney Day today – as it is revealed over 50 people in South Yorkshire died waiting for a kidney transplant in the last five years.
Currently 195 people in the region are waiting for a kidney transplant.
Former carer Victoria, of Gawper, Barnsley, said: “I would say, just do it.
“There are so many people that need a new kidney and becoming an organ donor would make a big difference.”
Victoria was diagnosed with renal failure in 1997. Her mum is a perfect organ donor match but could not give a kidney because of a cyst on one and arteries on the other.
Victoria backed The Star’s Gift of Life campaign to sign up 12,000 more local people to the NHS Organ Donor Register before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Sheffield this August.
She said: “I’m always tired, I’ve never got any energy, but I just try to put it to the back of my mind. I need a kidney as soon as possible.”
Transplant games organisers, as well as Sheffield Hospitals Charity which pledged £25,000 towards the event, are calling for people to register as organ donors today. The charity provides funding to help Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust deliver facilities, research and care for chronic kidney disease patients.
John Timms, games event director, said: “More than 50 people in South Yorkshire died waiting for a kidney in the last five years. At present 195 people here are waiting for a kidney transplant. By registering you can really make a difference to these figures and possibly save a life.”
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 1232323 to sign up.