FAMILIES in the Post area are being urged to talk during the current organ donation week.
New figures show 35 people in West Sussex have died waiting for a transplant in the past five years.
The tragic statistic still shows an urgent need exists for more people to support donation even though more people are supporting donating their loved one’s organs.
NHS Blood and Transplant is urging more people in the area to tell their families they want to save lives through organ donation.
Last year, 70 people in West Sussex were given a new lift by a transplant. If more people agreed to donate, more lives would be saved in the county.
There are around 6,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant across the UK in spite of the number of donors increasing.
Organ Donation Week has seen the NHS urge families to talk about donation with the message – Words Save Lives.
Anthony Clarkson, the interim director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood Transplant, said: “It’s tragic that so many people from West Sussex have died waiting for a transplant.
What is shocking is that many of those lives could have been saved had more families agreed to donate organs.
“People are dying every day because some families are not talking about donation. We need more families in West Sussex to say yes to organ donation so that more lives can be saved.”
He added: “We all know that organ donation legislation will change to a deemed consent system in England and Scotland in future years.
“But the harsh fact is people are dying right now waiting for an organ and it will still be important for people to know your decision.”