Karen and Mark’s story
When Karen’s husband Mark died suddenly their previous conversations about organ donation helped her to make the decision to agree to donation.
Karen Piotr agreed to support her husband's decision to be an organ donor, after he died suddenly from a spontaneous, catastrophic brain bleed. Karen and Mark had discussed organ donation several times before, so Karen knew what Mark wanted.
Through Mark's death he helped eight people. He donated his heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, corneas and tissue.
Mark was my life for 31 years and he was my passion. It’s just an amazing feeling to think that my decision because I knew what he wanted and I’ve honoured his wishes, has gone on to help all those people.
Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for an organ transplant.
The law around organ donation in England has changed to help more people pass on more organs to save and improve more lives.
You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor when you die.
Whatever you decide, make sure you let your family and friends know.