YOU CAN MAKE
A MIRACLE HAPPEN
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?
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.
Thank you for taking the time to read this....