Elizabeth Ward obituary
Pioneer of the first organ donor card who fought tirelessly to improve hospital resources after her son suffered kidney failure
There is a sadness though:
Ward claimed that an opt-out scheme would enable the estimated 5,000 people waiting for transplants to be matched with a readily available “cadaveric kidney” much sooner and that it would save the NHS millions because the cost of a kidney transplant is half that of a year of dialysis. “If the law was changed from a consent register to a dissent register there’s not the slightest doubt that many lives would be saved,” she told The Times in 2006. Ward lived long enough to see Max and Keira’s Law enacted in May.
It has been tried in varied jurisdictions and it makes no difference. There aren’t enough cadaveric kidneys that are of use whatever the permission issue.