As you read this, more than 7,500 people of all ages across the UK are waiting for an organ transplant. Unfortunately, as many as 1,000 of them a year – on average, that’s three a day – will die because there are simply not enough organs available.
Most of us would be willing to take an organ if we needed one, but only a third of the population are actually on the Organ Donor Register. Our aim is not only to increase awareness of donation but also to encourage more people to register as donors.
If you want to be a donor, please join the Register. However, it’s just as crucial that you pass on your donation wishes to your family and friends so they know what you would like to happen after your death. If something were to happen to you, they may be asked to give permission for your organs to be donated.
We cannot stress enough how important it is that your family are aware of your wishes. Over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered AND has discussed their wishes. This drops to around 40% if donation wishes aren’t known.
Black and South Asian people are more likely than the rest of the population to need a transplant due to being susceptible to certain illnesses. There is a better chance of a closer match and a successful transplant if the donor and recipient are from the same ethnic group.
The more people who join the Register, the more lives could be saved.
Click on the link below to register or call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23.
www.transplantweek.co.uk (links to external website)