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Grieving parents in plea to save lives

8th October 2008

It may be too late to save little Ubaid Ali, but today his heartbroken parents launched their own campaign urging people to sign up to the NHS's organ donor register to prevent more people like their son from dying.

Ubaid, of Acocks Green, died aged just 15 months after failing to find a liver and a small bowel donor.

His parentys Nyila and Zulfiqar are all too aware of the chronic shortage of donors in the UK, particularly among ethnic minorities, and they now hope their campaign will not only keep Ubaid's memory alive but will also help to save the 9,000 people who are currently desperately waiting for a transplant.

"If I'm being totally honest, 15 months ago before Ubaid was born we would never have imagined considering donating our baby's organs if they died. I'm sure it's the last thing that goes through any parent's mind," said Nyila, aged 25.

"But we've been through the huge emotional rollercoaster of watching our child suffer. We desperately wanted someone to give him a second chance, but unfortunately it was not to be.

"Now we would appeal to people to put themselves in the position of those who are desperate.

"It sounds cold, but when you're gone, you're gone. Your organs are no help to you then, but they good be someone's ultimate gift - the gift of life."

"I think a lot of people don't carry a donor card simply because they don't get around to signing up"

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