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Leitrim transplant recipient calls for organ donation awareness campaign

Jan 26, 2023 18:05 By Shannonside News
Leitrim transplant recipient calls for organ donation awareness campaign
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Catriona Charles believes there needs to be more awareness brought to proposed new organ donation legislation.

A Leitrim transplant recipient believes Government must rollout a public awareness campaign around proposed organ donation legislation.

That's the view of Catriona Charles from Mohill who received a kidney transplant in 1990.

Her comments come following a Dáil discussion this week on the Human Tissue Bill which will mean anyone who does not wish to donate their organs will have to 'opt out'.

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While Catriona welcomes the update in legislation she feels there's a need for increased funding for organ donation transplant teams as well as more information to ensure it's a success.

Speaking to Let's Talk the Leitrim resident explained other areas she'd like to see introduced as part of the bill.

"All in all it's good. In the Kidney Association, we'd like more publication of detailed data by the hospitals on what currently happens with organ donation. You have to die in a very specific circumstances to be considered as an organ donor. There's only a very small amount of people every year. Just to make sure that the hospitals are approaching all of those families, that no-one is slipping through the net".

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Catriona Spoke to our reporter Tommy Stenson:

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