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Proud daughter of Brent organ donor asks black, Asian and ethnic minority community to follow in her father's footsteps

A generous Brent father has left behind an inspiring organ donor legacy, and you could too

A Brent family whose father donated his organs after death is calling for more people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Their plea comes during Organ Donation Week, which runs until September 10.

People from BAME backgrounds are more likely to need an organ transplant than the rest of the population, but will often wait longer for a transplant due to the lack of suitable organs.

Shila Rabadia, from Neasden, adored her fun-loving, kind father, Naran Rabadia. The 39-year-old said: “He was a real joker, and so generous, always making sure his family and friends were helped.”

Shila and her family were shocked when Naran suffered a stroke, and sadly died at the age of 63 in May 2017.

Shila said: “He had other medical conditions and was diabetic, but it was so sudden that we certainly weren’t expecting it."

Around 5,000 people each year die in circumstances where they can donate their organs and shortly after her father's death, Shila and her family were approached by the organ donation team at Northwick Park Hospital and were asked if they would consider donating Naran's organs.

Shila said: "We didn’t hesitate and said yes straight away, but as it turns out, he had already signed up to be a donor and was on the donor register.

"It was just like him to do something like that- not only did he give when he was alive, he also wanted to give when he died.”

Shila wth a picture of her father Naran

Shila and her family received a letter advising them that Naran’s kidneys and liver had been donated to two people.

“We’re so proud of dad and as a family we would encourage everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, especially those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities," she said.

"The best thing you can do is save someone’s life – it’s the ultimate gift.”

Three people a day die in need of a transplant due to a shortage of people being willing to donate organs and while last year, 1,403 people donated organs in the UK there is a need for more BAME donors.

At London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, 11 people donated their organs, changing the lives of 20 people.

Bobbee Cotter, specialist nurse - organ donation, said: “Successful transplants can be carried out between people from different ethnic groups, but patients from the same ethnic group are more likely to be a close match.

“To ensure all patients have the opportunity of a successful transplant it is important that people from all ethnic backgrounds sign up to the register and talk to their families about their decision.”

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register or to find out more about organ donation, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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