DCD Programme – to keep hearts beating Royal Papworth Hospital Charity is currently supporting a world leading, new heart transplant programme which means surgeons can now utilise donor hearts which were previously considered too damaged to transplant. This highly successful DCD programme has meant that 47 patients to date have been given a new chance at life. This incredible programme is an example of the outstanding partnership between Royal Papworth Hospital Charity and the NHS; only together are we able to finance each operation. As such, every penny raised to support this outstanding initiative helps to ensure this life-saving technique can be made available to those patients in need. Every year, hundreds of patients sadly die through a lack of available organs for transplant. The DCD Programme, pioneered at Royal Papworth Hospital, tackles this heart breaking issue. In the first year of the procedure being carried out, the number of people receiving a heart transplant at Royal Papworth Hospital increased by 40%. This statistic alone highlights the ground breaking work that is being carried out at the Hospital and one that Royal Papworth Hospital Charity is so proud to be supporting. Mum of three Lisa Kennard, is one of the 47 patients who has received a heart transplant through the DCD programme. Lisa’s particular tissue type meant that the chance of her finding a compatible donor was 0.010%. Lisa said, “DCD has been a miracle for me, I was running out of time fast, it’s as simple as that. I’d been told that without a transplant I was looking at two to three more years at the most. I was at the point where I didn’t know if I was going to wake up again in the morning”. Without the amazing supporters of the Charity, this programme would not be possible. This is why we need your help to continue providing more patients with a new chance at life. Visit our DCD Appeal Page to find out more or donate to the appeal, https://www.papworthhospitalcharity.org.uk/appeal/non-beating-heart-transplant.