TODAY the Gazette is launching In Miley’s Memory, a campaign aiming to thrust the issue of organ donation into the national spotlight.
Tiny Miley Turbitt’s life lasted a mere 14 weeks, but she might have been saved had a donor heart been found to replace her own faulty organ.
When Miley died, she was top of the European heart transplant waiting list, and her family feel her tragic case highlights the need for donor organs to be more readily available.
They want to change the donation system, from one in which we each have to ‘opt in’ to donate our organs on death, to one where our organs are available to save others automatically, unless we choose to ‘opt out’.
They also hope to get more people to sign up to the existing organ donation register.
The Gazette is backing their stand, and petition forms asking for change are available to sign in various places across South Tyneside – including our office in Chapter Row – or you can download one here and print it out for your friends and family to sign.
Completed petition forms should be handed in to: In Miley’s Memory c/o Lisa Nightingale, Shields Gazette, Chapter Row, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 1BL by Thursday, March 28.