Kidney patient Ross, 21, makes plea to people of Derbyshire to help end toll of deaths and sign the organ donor register
A YOUNG man who needs life-saving daily treatment after suffering kidney failure has pleaded for a big increase in the number of people joining the national donor register.
Ross Fletcher, 21, is among 143 Derbyshire patients on the waiting list for a organ transplant – but about 70% of county people are not even on the register.
In the past year, seven people died in Derbyshire waiting for a transplant which never came.
That is why Ross is backing the Derby Telegraph's Save a Life campaign to get as many people as possible to sign up to the list.
We have already turned hundreds of our readers into life-savers by encouraging them to give blood and learn first-aid. Now, we are calling on people to make a difference by signing up to the organ register.
It is a call which Ross is enthusiastically backing. The graphic designer, of Edward Street, Derby, was struck down by a rare condition out of the blue.
He said: "It was all such a surprise. Just a couple of days earlier, I'd been leading a normal life."
He added: "I just don't think people are aware of how many people would benefit from a new organ.