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NEAS backs campaign launched by local family

The North East Ambulance Service has given it's support to the family of  South Shields baby Miley Turbitt, who died last November aged 14 weeks, after a heart donor failed to be found in time.

The family hope the campaign will encourage more people to sign up to the organ donation register.

They are also calling for a change in the system to one where a person is automatically registered as a donor, unless they opt out.

Miley's mum Sharon Eckert and older brother Cole Turbitt, six, visited the headquarters of NEAS in Newcastle to meet Emergency Care Support Worker Rob Barlow (L) and Paramedic Lee Thompson (R) to chat about the campaign, which is being promoted by The Shields Gazette.

The campaign is also being backed by the police, and fire and rescue service.

Ms Eckert, 38, from South Shields, said: "I'm really pleased with all the emergency services being involved, as people have a lot of respect for them."

A NEAS spokeswoman said: "There have been some truly amazing advances in medical science over the last few years, but for Miley's family, unfortunately those skills could not be put to use because no heart was available.

"We fully support the family's efforts to get more people to register as a donor in the North East, and it's inspiring to see so many people from the region rallying to the cause.

"A transplant doesn't just save the person receiving the organ. It can spare family members immense grief and pain too."

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