It's 'Organ Donation Week' this week and if you're on the fence about whether to sign up to be an organ donor, here are some stigma-busting reasons why you should.
Despite plans to convert to an 'opt-out' system, England currently operates on an 'opt-in' basis, meaning that if you haven't opted-in, then your organs won't be donated when you die. Hundreds of people in England die every year, whilst waiting on the organ donation list so here's exactly why you should be opting-in:
1. It’s a huge opportunity to help save lives.
Wouldn’t it be comforting to know that even after you were gone, you were making a positive impact in the world?
2. The waiting list for organ donations continues to grow
There are thousands of people waiting for a transplant every day… Now imagine being added to that list, not knowing if you would receive what you need in time. Scary, huh?
3. As a donor, you can help multiple people
You have the potential to save not just one life but eight lives, and can even help a massive 60 people overall!
4. Being a donor leaves a positive impact on multiple people
The outcome of organ donation positively affects a huge range of people, including all the family and friends of the person/ people receiving the transplant.
5. It’s easy!
In the UK, you can register to become a donor using this link. It's simple and only takes a few seconds.
More stigma busting…
“The doctors won’t work as hard to save my life if they see I’m a donor.” Wrong – they’re under oath to help you, regardless of whether or not you’re a donor and they won't even be aware of whether or not you're registered to donate your organs.
“I’m too young to decide.” Wrong – because there’s no limit on when you can sign up to be a donor, so it’s never too early to start having conversations with your family about what you want to do.
When it comes to religion, the majority of religions support organ donation, but if you're unsure about your own religious teachings, you can find more information here.
At the end of the day, when you’re dead, you won’t need them anymore. So why not give them to people that do need them?
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