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New UK law makes all adults organ donors

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 20, 2020
Most adults in England are now automatically considered organ donors, after a change in legislation which was brought about thanks to campaigning by a young boy from Cheshire who got a new heart from a nine-year-old girl who died after a car crash.
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Max and Keira's law sees a shift to an opt-out system, whereby those aged 18 and over are deemed to have given consent to donate their own organs when they die, unless they explicitly state otherwise or are in an excluded group.

Keira Ball saved four lives, including that of Max Johnson, from Winsford and also aged nine at the time, after her father allowed doctors to use her organs for transplants following a crash in 2017.

It is hoped the law, which takes effect from Wednesday, will lead to an additional 700 transplants each year by 2023, and spark conversations around organ donation.


 

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