By signing the Organ Donor Register and then having a chat with those close to you could mean the gift of life for up to 9 people. That’s an unbelievable gift.
Organ donation saves and transforms thousands of lives each year for patients awaiting a transplant, as well as their family and friends. But what exactly is organ donation?
Organ donation is when one person chooses to give an organ or tissue to save or improve the life of someone who needs a transplant. You are able to donate some organs while you are alive, for example a kidney or part of your liver. However, most organ and tissue donations will come from people who have died.
In Northern Ireland over 49% have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register, and 9 out of 10 of us support organ donation. However, there are around 115 people on the transplant waiting list here, and sadly each year around 10-15 people die awaiting their ‘gift of life’.
Many patients describe waiting for a transplant as being in limbo, existing and not living. For families of those who have donated, there is a deep sense of pride comfort and pride knowing that their loved one has gone on to save other lives.
We encourage everyone to #HaveTheChat about organ donation, to sign the Organ Donation Register, and to share your decision to. Talking to your loved ones about organ donation can help them to understand and support your decision.
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