EIGHTEEN people from this area died last year because of a shortage of donated organs.

There are currently 219 people in South Yorkshire waiting for a transplant.

The figures are being highlighted this week to encourage people to spell out their decision to be an organ donor during national transplant week.


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NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to spell out their decision to donate by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by having a conversation with their family.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "Last year 59 people living in South Yorkshire benefited from a lifesaving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died, a decision that we know makes them incredibly proud."