The Donation Dilemma

Donation DilemmaBroadcaster: BBC News

Year: 2015

Genre: Documentary

URL: http://bobnational.net/record/307809

Review by Emma Sterling

For people from an ethnic minority background like me and my family, finding yourself in a situation where you need an organ transplant can sometimes feel like a death sentence.”

This short documentary (26 minutes) investigates the lack of Black, Asian, Minority ethnic group (BAME) organ donors and explores the influence this shortage has on the transplant black market overseas. The programme follows BBC news presenter Seb Choudhury as he donates a kidney to his mother Sakina, who had been given 3 years to live without a transplant (whereas the waiting list without his intervention might have been up to 10 years). Continue reading

Donor Mum: The children I’ve never met

Through happenstance Sylvia believed she knew who had received her donor eggs. Would they want to make contact?

Through happenstance Sylvia believed she knew who had received her donor eggs. Would they want to make contact?

Broadcaster: BBC1

Year: 2011

Genre: Documentary

http://bobnational.net/record/250321

In 1991 Sylvia made an anonymous donation of eggs at the London Fertility Centre. A chance observation in a newspaper allowed her to identify the recipient of her egg, thanks to a newspaper article. The programme (50 mins) follows Sylvia as she makes contact with the woman and her twin children. It also tells the story of Sylvia’s own son Eliott, who was himself conceived with donated sperm.

A repeat of this programme broadcast on the channel Really in 2013 is also available.