Organ donation campaign launched
Photographs of naked couples showing transplant scars have been released as part of a campaign urging people to sign up to the organ donor register.
The pictures are part of Live Life Then Give Life charity’s campaign, called Let Love Live On, which has been launched to coincide with Valentine’s Day and encourage people to sign up as donors.
Couples featured in the images include Kate and Chris Ball, both 31, from Edinburgh. Kate had a heart transplant after being diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy - a condition which attacks the muscles in the heart.
She said of the condition: “At the time it felt like everything was being taken away from me. But my new heart has given me the chance to go on and live a normal, happy life.”
She met her husband Chris shortly after the transplant. Mr Ball urged people to join the organ donor register, adding: “If people knew that if they joined the register, they could give a couple like us the chance to go on and live our lives, I hope it would encourage them.”
Matt Coyne, chairman of Live Life Then Give Life, said: “Thousands of lives are wasted every year, waiting for a transplant.
“There is overwhelming support for organ donation, but a lot of people just haven’t got round to it.”
Live Life Then Give Life is a small UK charity founded by transplant recipients. Those wishing to register for organ donation should visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.