A new law that will see British people have to opt out of organ donation was passed yesterday.
The bill is known as Max and Keira’s Law after nine-year-old donor Keira Bell’s heart saved the life of Max Johnson who is now 10 years old. Even before Max’s successful transplant in 2017 his family had worked hard to change the law.
Adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have recorded their decision not to be.
It has been estimated by the Government That the change will save hundreds of lives each year, as it replaces the existing voluntary opt-in scheme.
Theresa May said she was delighted the organ donation Act was passed.It marks a momentous step for thousands of people in need of a life-saving transplant and could save as many as 700 lives a year.
She thanked Max and Keira and their families for campaigning tirelessly to make the historic change happen.
Scotland is considering its own reform. While Wales introduced presumed consent in 2015.