More than 1000 people in Sussex are known to be alive today thanks to organ transplants, according to NHS figures.
In East Sussex 483 are alive thanks to organ transplants.
While in West Sussex 535 people’s lives were saved.
The figures have been revealed by NHS Blood and Transplant from their annual Transplant Activity Report.
The special health authority is urging people in Sussex to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
In East Sussex, the number of people on the Organ Donor Register has increased by 28 per cent over the past five years.
Meanwhile, in West Sussex, the number has increased by 35 per cent over the past five years.
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Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said:
“More people than ever in East [and] West Sussex are committing to organ donation and that is saving more lives than ever.
“It’s amazing to picture all the people now alive today thanks to organ donation and think of all the families and children who have grown up thanks to donors.
“We’re seeing more and more people committing to donation and the good results of our close work with hospitals.”
Nationally, the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register reached a record 23.6 million.
Currently, 36 per cent of the UK’s population is on the Organ Donor Register, compared to 30 per cent five years ago.
However, the health service says there is still a shortage of organ donors in the UK, with around 6,400 currently waiting for a transplant.
According to the NHS, there is a particular need for people from black and ethnic backgrounds to register.
People from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match.
The health service says there are not enough black and Asian donors.
“Around three people still die a day in need of a transplant.
“Every one of those people who die could be a mother or a father, a daughter or a son, who might be alive today.
“Families tell us donation is a source of pride that helps them in their grieving process.
“We don’t want anyone in East [or] West Sussex to miss the opportunity to save lives through organ donation.
For more information, or to register online, visit the NHS organ donor website.