Prominent British-Egyptian surgeon backs calls to change UK’s organ donor laws
British-Egyptian heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub is supporting a campaign to revamp the law on organ donation in the UK, reported Daily Mirror.
Sir Magdi Yacoub, 81, believes, according to the British news site that an opt-out system would save lives and donors should be able to choose to opt out.
“This law is not about taking liberties with members of the community, but asks individuals to make up their own mind on the issue, now, and opt out if they wish,” He said.
Queen Elizabeth knighted Dr. Yacoub in 1991 for his contributions to medicine in the UK.
As a consultant in Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, he led the institution to be the world’s leading transplant center since he moved to the UK in 1962.
Sir Magdi also runs Aswan Heart Centre (AHC), an exceptional project launched in 2009 to establish a centre of excellence to combat heart disease in Egypt, which is based in the heart of the Egyptian city of Aswan.
His Magi Yacoub Foundation (MYF) is one of Egypt's most renowned charity organizations.