Once again a heart breaking story has broke about about a young Asian child needing help from an organ donor. Once again it also highlights the lack of organ donors from the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities.
The family of a one-year-old Anaya born with a kidney disease are desperate to find an organ donor.Both Anaya’s kidneys have been removed and she needs a transplant but there is a shortage of donors from BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities
Her family, from Newcastle, are campaigning to raise awareness
Her mother Joety said: “She has fought odds so many times. The amount of battles that she has gone through which makes us want to fight for her.”
A third of those waiting for a kidney transplant in the UK are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Generally, these patients wait significantly longer for a kidney transplant than white patients if they are fortunate enough to receive an organ from a donor. Sadly, many will die waiting.
People from black and Asian communities are more likely to develop conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis than white people. This makes them more likely to need a transplant. Although many black and Asian patients can receive a transplant from a white donor, for many the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background.
While some people with a black or Asian background go on to donate when they die each year, this is not enough to meet the needs of all patients waiting for a transplant from those communities.
You could help improve the chances of black and Asian patients getting the transplant they need by volunteering as a living donor to someone waiting for a kidney or liver transplant.