Doncaster rugby star’s op to feature in BBC health documentary

Daniel Storey

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A rugby player who received new knee tissue is hoping to bounce back to the sport he loves as he prepares to tell his story in a television documentary.

Doncaster Phoenix coach Daniel Storey was forced to hang up his boots after he tore cartlidge playing the game.

Daniel, 27, underwent a meniscus transplant following the injury and his fight back to health will be be featured in documentary series The Human Tissue Squad which goes out on BBC Three at 9pm on Monday.

The injury prematurely ended his playing career and he was in contstant pain - bit the donation has given him fresh hope.

He said: “As a young person, I don’t really think about death.

“But I’m so grateful to the donor, whoever they are, whose gift has improved my life so much. I understand that there are lots more patients waiting for meniscus transplants and they will only benefit from the surgery I benefitted from, if more families of those dying under 45 agree to donate their loved one’s tissue when they die.”

The Human Tissue Squad shows the work of NHS Blood and Transplant’s national tissue bank and the patients who benefit from tissue donated by people after their deaths.

Cartilage from the knee, the meniscus, can only be taken from donors age 18 to 45. In the last year, the tissues team retrieved 12 of them from donors, but with more people on the waiting list for a meniscus transplant there aren’t enough donors.

To find out more about donation, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/tissuedonation