The Gift Of Life #organdonation

By | June 3, 2014

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I was picking up D’s medication from the pharmacy at our local hospital today, they won’t post out the prescription to me to save money so it’s a trip every few months to collect.

I noticed the above display in the foyer and thought it was stunning. It’s very prominent and visible as people come into the main entrance and I guess it’s in the right place for people who may need to make decisions following a bereavement.

I got me thinking, I’ve opted in to the Organ Donation Scheme but haven’t been specific. It’s not something I would want Hubbie or the children to have to think about, which bits and pieces could be harvested, it would be a distressing enough time for them.

Here’s some information and statistics from the official organ donation website:

“By donating your organs after you die, you will help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.

Each donor is precious as fewer than 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor. So if you want to make a real difference join the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk about your donation decision with family and friends. Letting them know what you’ve decided now makes it much easier for them to support your decision to be a donor.

Thank you to the 20,751,705 people who have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Since 1 April 2014:

223 people have donated organs

an additional 394 people
have donated corneas

541 people have received
the gift of sight

576 people have received transplants

6,958 people are still waiting for transplants”

There’s also a very informative set of questions and answers here, I didn’t realise quite so much can, potentially, be harvested.

So, my wishes for me are these:
Any useable organs
Tissue, cartilage, valves
Skin from shoulders down

I’d rather not have my eyes or parts of my face and head donated but if there is an express need, so be it.

There are details of how to apply, or amend details on the website or click here to register online.

This is not a sponsored post and I have not been asked to write it, it’s something that I wanted to do and hopefully can be referred to.

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