Organ Donation Week takes place between 3rd-9th September, 2018. This year people are being encouraged to share their organ donation decision with their families.
Do your family know whether you want to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them?
If the answer is no, then you’re not alone; sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place.
We need more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of transplants that happen.
There’s no time like the present, talk about it today. Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs.
You could help someone waiting for that vital call, by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by telling your family.
Jo Adamou, whose daughter Cissy has had a heart and a kidney transplant says:
“You don’t realise the impact having a child or anyone you love waiting for a transplant can have on you and the difference an organ donation can make. It’s incredible that people donate, words cannot describe how grateful you feel.”
Below is a video where people discuss what they talk about with their families:
For advice on how to discuss your decision, please click here.
Millions of people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register already but only one in every hundred will die in circumstances where they could donate, so every donor is precious.
Below are a number of ways in which you can help support this campaign:
- Talk about organ donation with your family. Do you know their donation decision?
- Learn more about organ donation and find out what it’s like to wait for a transplant, the impact transplants have and how families of donors feel.
- Don’t let yourself be swayed by misinformation; there are many myths about organ donation.
- Like, retweet and favourite the NHS Organ Donor Register’a videos, or share them yourselves to help to spread their message. You will find them @NHSOrganDonor
Three people die every day in need of a transplant. We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.
Words Save Lives. Let’s get talking about organ donation.