A WIDOW has urged people across Burton and South Derbyshire to sign up to be organ donors – in memory of her husband who was unable to help others following his death.
Pamela Gent is appealing to Mail readers to sign up to the donor register so that “we can all give something after we have passed on”.
The 67-year-old, who lost her husband John following an illness in February, decided to speak out after her husband’s wish to donate his organs was unable to be fulfilled because of a series of post-mortem examinations that had to be undertaken to find out how he died.
Mrs Gent, of Burton Road, Overseal, said: “John and I were always very big supporters of organ donation and it was something that we wanted to do.
“However, due to the suddenness of his passing and the fact that tests had to be taken to find out how he died, his organs were not allowed to be used to help others.
“I really want to urge people to sign up to the donor register in a bid to help others when we pass away.
“I am still on the register and will remain on it in memory of John.
“Otherwise it is a waste, a waste that could have saved the life of someone out there.
“John always wanted to help other people and now, in some way, I hope this appeal to get people to be donors will do just that.”
Mrs Gent got in touch with the Mail after reading that Prime Minister David Cameron had got behind the paper’s campaign to get more people to sign up to become blood and organ donors.
The PM backed the cause after learning of the Mail’s work and the ordeal that Katherine Sinfield, of Balfour Street, Burton, experienced as she battled cancer and underwent a bone marrow transplant.
A recent survey showed Burton had the lowest numbers of donors compared to the surrounding areas, despite the Mail’s campaign leading to a massive increase in individuals coming forward to sign up.
Mr Cameron said: “I hope the campaign can find donors for the many others battling leukaemia who are awaiting a potentially lifesaving individual to come forward to their aid.”
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for more information on organ donors.