“From our perspective, the more people who carry organ donor cards, the more people we can save,” said King's liver transplant consultant, Dr Varuna Aluvihare. "We have an excess of 100 patients on the list. One in five patients listed don't make it to transplant.”
As King’s marks National Transplant Week 9-13 July, some of our transplant patients are sharing stories to inspire people to become organ donors.
Beth Thomas from Southwark is celebrating 10 years after receiving an emergency transplant liver at King’s.
Beth was nineteen when she was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease – a rare genetic condition that causes a buildup of copper in the body. Within weeks of having swollen ankles and knees, she became very ill. Only five per cent of her liver was functioning and other organs were deteriorating. Beth had three days to live and on the last day a liver was available for transplantation.
"I am more thankful than can be described in words for the gift of life that my transplant has given me," Beth said.
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for more information about how you can be an organ donor.