The Church is preparing for battle over compulsory organ donation

Earlier this year Joe Ball and his family made a 500-mile round trip from Devon to Winsford, Cheshire, to visit a boy called Max Johnson. Mr Ball, 35, wept as he embraced the 10-year-old and then he took a stethoscope and put it to the youngster’s chest so he could listen to the beating of his late daughter’s heart.

His little girl, Keira, had suffered a severe head wound in a car crash the previous summer and died after three days in hospital.

Mr Ball consented to the donation of her organs and they saved four lives in total, among them that of Max who was at risk of “imminent death”, having waited 196 days for a new heart.

Their story served to alert the public to the need for organs for transplant so other people who are suffering like Max can possibly be saved too.

At present organ donation in England is running at its highest rate, with 1,169 donors and 3,293 transplants between 2016 and 2018. But according to the Government, 6,500 patients are on waiting lists and about three of them die every day.

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