Donor dad pens letter to BBC over its response

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A KIDNEY donor father who complained to the BBC over a story line in Holby City has penned a letter on behalf of six people linked to donors.

Ed Goncalves, 45, of Broadsands Drive in Gosport, penned the letter with donors, recipients and family saying the show’s portrayal of organ donation led to people leaving the donor register.

As reported, Ed gave his son Luis, nine, one of his kidneys after the youngster suffered from end-stage renal failure.

The letter says: ‘It was so shockingly inaccurate and dramatically contrived that it has prompted people to leave the donor register.

‘When we contacted the BBC, we all received exactly the same wooden and woefully inadequate response.

‘We are not here to complain, however. We are offering to help the BBC undo the damage.

‘We will work with the BBC to help it raise awareness of the dramatic need for more donors, including among its own staff.’

The BBC had told The News its portrayal was meant to be dramatised, not accurate.