Orla Tinsley documentary leads to spike in organ donor card requests

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Orla Tinsley documentary leads to spike in organ donor card requests
6:45 Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Requests for organ donor cards went up a whopping 10,000% following the airing of the RTE documentary, Orla Tinsley Warrior, about the campaigner’s struggles with cystic fibrosis.

Ms Tinsley took to Twitter today to share the good news.

She said that 2,000 people had requested organ donor cards on Monday night, with some requesting more than one card.

The Co Kildare native said in her post: “Last night 2,000 people requested organ donor cards, an increase of 10,000 percent, says @IrishKidneyAs Some requested more than one card.

“Thank you.

“This will save and change lives.

“Organ donation is the ultimate legacy anyone can leave. #ThankYou #Organdonation #Warrior”

Irish Kidney Association confirmed the increase and said that they had had a “huge spike” in organ donor card requests.

They said: "We've had a huge spike in Organ Donor card requests after #OrlaTinsleyWarrior, but our job isn't done yet! Let's keep up the momentum. Freetext DONOR to 50050!

In the documentary, Ms Tinsley shared her experiences of living with cystic fibrosis and undergoing a double lung transplant.

The campaigner and journalist had to undergo six false starts as she awaited a suitable donor before she finally received her lungs last December.

She had become so ill in the run-up to the operation that she needed life support.

After sharing her emotional story on the programme, many viewers were touched by her ordeal.

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