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    GP reveals how she offered to give her desperately ill baby son half of her own liver to save his life after struggle to find an organ donor – as she urges BAME community not to ‘opt-out’ of register

    • British Women’s Health doctor Dr Nighat Arif appeared on This Morning today to urge more members of the BAME community to become organ donors
    • She recounted her son Qasim’s journey to health after being diagnosed with a rare liver condition called ‘bile salt export protein pump deficiency’ (BSEP) 
    • Dr Nighat considered donating half of her own liver but a donor was eventually found for her son when he was ten-months-old 
    • Aired strong views that those who ‘opt out’ of registering to donate after death shouldn’t expect a donor organ if they need one in the future 

    A GP who almost lost her son to a rare liver disorder made an emotional pledge in Punjabi this morning to encourage more members of her community to become donors, saying ‘somewhere down the line, it may be you who needs one’.    

    British Women’s Health doctor Dr Nighat Arif revealed how her son Qasim, five, is now thriving after he received a donor liver from a ‘hero’ young boy who tragically lost his life following a cycling accident. 

    Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning, the doctor said she felt so strongly about encouraging the BAME community to become organ donors, she believed that you if you opt out of the government’s system, you shouldn’t be able to receive a transplant should you need one.  

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    British Women’s Health doctor Dr Nighat Arif appeared on This Morning today to urge more members of the BAME community to become organ donors, saying she faced a terrifying wait for a donor for her son, now five, who was born with a rare liver condition

    Thriving: Qasim, who had a condition called 'bile salt export protein pump deficiency' (BSEP), was dangerously ill as a young baby but is now in good health after having a transplant (Pictured with BBC DJ Edward Adoo)

    Thriving: Qasim, who had a condition called ‘bile salt export protein pump deficiency’ (BSEP), was dangerously ill as a young baby but is now in good health after having a transplant (Pictured with BBC DJ Edward Adoo)

    The Women's Health GP said she was so desperate to save her son's life that she was prepared to give him half of her own liver

    The Women’s Health GP said she was so desperate to save her son’s life that she was prepared to give him half of her own liver

    Dr Nighat revealed how she first noticed something was wrong with her son, who was born in 2015, when he was just three-weeks-old, because his skin had become jaundiced. 

    He was eventually diagnosed with a rare liver condition called ‘bile salt export protein pump deficiency’ (BSEP) and by the time Qasim was ten-months-old, he faced a 50 per cent chance of cancer developing if a liver donor wasn’t found, with spots of cancer already appearing on scans.     

    Dr Nighat told Holly and Philip that she considered donating half of her own liver before a donor was eventually found ‘at the last moment’ for her son.

    ‘As a mum, I just couldn’t imagine burying my child, he was so wanted as a baby, he was happy when he was born. We planned for him, we had a four-year-old and we just wanted to expand our family’.

    'I just couldn't imagine burying my child', the GP told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she would be eternally grateful to the family who'd donated their child's liver to Qasim

    ‘I just couldn’t imagine burying my child’, the GP told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she would be eternally grateful to the family who’d donated their child’s liver to Qasim

    Mother and son pictured on BBC Breakfast in 2019; on This Morning today Dr Nighat explained that donor matches from the BAME community are harder to find

    Mother and son pictured on BBC Breakfast in 2019; on This Morning today Dr Nighat explained that donor matches from the BAME community are harder to find

    Registering to be an organ donor is still 'taboo' in the Muslim community Dr Nighat explained, speaking in Punjabi to urge more people to consider donating

    Registering to be an organ donor is still ‘taboo’ in the Muslim community Dr Nighat explained, speaking in Punjabi to urge more people to consider donating

    She said ‘my world fell apart’ when the family received the tragic news and she was campaigning to stop any other parent going through the same thing. 

    Dr Nighat explained that matches from the BAME community are rarer to get and that people are less inclined to register in some communities, including her own Pakistani heritage. 

    She said: ‘The culture very much is you keep yourself to yourself and you don’t share any information.’ 

    She said that law changes in England and Scotland earlier this year, which introduced an opt-out system for organ donation meant ‘It’s vital that families from Black, Asian or ethnic minority communities are openly speaking about their wishes.’  

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