Over 34,000 people joined the NHS Organ Donor Register during last year’s Organ Donation Week, a huge testament to people’s generosity and thoughtfulness even in times of tragedy.
No-one wants to contemplate the awful circumstances that lead to organ donation, but people do want to make sure that if tragedy strikes, some good can come of the loss of life.
However, too often a person has registered as an organ donor but not talked to their families about their decision. During the difficult moments when the family is faced by the loss of a loved one and are asked to confirm that person’s positive organ donation decision, the family sometimes feels unable to agree.
On average, three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors. It only takes two minutes to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and a few minutes more to let your family know that you have registered.
This year, Organ Donation Week runs to September 9 and we are all being encouraged to talk to our families about our choices. That is because words save lives. It can be difficult to start a conversation about organ donation within families
That is why it so important to tell people if you have chosen to register. If you haven’t registered and want to, please click here, and then let others know the choice you have made.