Celebrating hearts on Valentine’s Day

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George with staff from the cardiology team at Ninewells

A heart transplant recipient celebrated Valentine’s Day with staff at Ninewells Hospital.

Dundonian George Boyd received a heart transplant in 1986, making this very special heart one of the longest serving transplant heart in the UK.

Valentine’s Day celebrates beating, caring hearts filled with love. For 67-year-old George and his family, his beating heart is extra special.  George was looked after with love this Valentine’s Day by staff at Ninewells.

MAIN Celebrating hearts on Valentine’s Day (2)George said, “My family and I are forever grateful for the heart which was donated by a 26-year-old man which means I am still here today.”

Lynne Malley, specialist nurse organ donation at NHS Tayside, said, “We encourage people to continue to share the love and sign up for the organ donation register.

Donations from one person can save and improve the lives of up to nine people. We need everybody.”

There are around 550 people waiting for an organ transplant in Scotland, but there are not enough organs to meet these needs and sadly someone dies every day whilst waiting for an organ.

Joining the organ donor register takes about two minutes but those two minutes could quite literally save a life. You can register to be a donor at www.weneedeverybody.org

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