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YOU CAN MAKE A MIRACLE HAPPEN

GIVE SOMEONE THEIR SIGHT BACK!

Every year, in the UK, the miracle of cornea transplantation helps to restore the sight of more than 2,000 blind and partially sighted people. But the shortage of donated corneas means that many more could be given the opportunity to see again if only more people would donate their corneas.

Unlike other organ transplants, which need to be done immediately after death, corneas can be taken up to 24 hours after death and, as the cornea is simply the outer layer of skin over the eye, it does not prevent relatives and friends from saying goodbye to their loved ones or affect funeral arrangements.

ONE donor can restore the sight of TWO people through a cornea transplant and the removal of corneas is carried out with the same respect and care as any other operation.

Donated corneas are then stored in Corneal Transplant Service Eye Banks in Bristol and Manchester but can only be kept for up to four weeks. The corneas are distributed for transplantation on request through NHS UK Transplant to 150 cornea transplant units around the UK.

When you register to become a donor you can choose to give any organs you wish. If giving other organs is not acceptable but you would like to provide your corneas only, to give two other people the gift of sight, you can choose this option. See: organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/what-can-i-donate/cornea

Why not sign up today?

Go to: www.uktransplant.org.uk or telephone: 0300 123 23 23

Just imagine watching your world slowly disappear from view all because there are no corneas available for grafting. Imagine not being able to see to do all the things you enjoy. No longer able to work, drive, read or play at those things that require good vision. No longer able to see the beauty of nature or a fabulous painting. You can stop this suffering by helping bring awareness to the urgent need for people to donate their corneas. Please pass a link to this page on to everyone you know.

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The Author

Nat H Hawes

Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (Advanced and Sports nutrition) has hereditary corneal dystrophy in both eyes and is a qualified nutritional and sports therapist and author of the book, Nature Cures, who has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003. Read more.

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