Many years ago I signed up as an organ donor, but I had selected the bits I was willing to be taken. Medical science wasn’t bad when I was a teenager, but it had certainly improved these days. I’ve always felt that if you would consider accepting a donated organ for yourself or your family you should be registered yourself.
Today was a normal day for us, we went to the rugby, Blokey and his mate are drinking a few pints, and Jen is munching on a pasty. Then the NHS sign for life folks walked along – #SignForLife leaflets in hand and armed with Haribo hearts – looking for new recruits.
Blokey wasn’t on the list and now we are both down as full donors. We’ve given them full permission for both of us, if we die they can use what is saveable. Apparently you can save up to nine lives. I’m not planning on dying, but everyone dies at sometime, and if I have a car accident my body could save someone else’s Mother or child.
These angels in matching hoodies handed out around 1300 forms today, I noticed that they were only handing them to the rugby fans who said yes or were interested. They only had 20 handed back in to them today, but they were still hopeful for the other 1280 forms as they have pre-addressed and postage paid marks on the back of them. Even if it was just the 20 of us, that’s up to 180 lives potentially saved.
Rather than just filling in the form I went over to talk to the team trying to get people to #SignForLife and there I met with little Jack who is 5 years old, and his 7 year old brother James. Jack, the smiler in the green coat, is a normal looking lad. But at just 8 weeks old he nearly lost his life to a heart problem. Half of his heart had failed, and he had a donated heart. Can you imagine someone so small having such a major surgery?
Seriously, look at him, and consider adding yourself to the organ donors list. It might sound morbid, but what good is a healthy heart that gets cremated or buried? Or your skin, when it could help heal a burns victim?
You can donate even if you have existing medical conditions – even a HIV sufferer could donate to someone who has this condition. The decision is made by a medical scientist and your medical history is taken into account too. The only exception I found was CJD suffers, who can never donate.
Another thing is you don’t even need to carry a card anymore, but I do. I kind of like it, maybe I’m vain? Either way, the details of a recently deceased person are checked by medical staff to see if they are on the register or not.
Think about it please?
OrganDonation.nhs.uk and #SignForLife. If you aren’t sure search ‘NHSOrganDonor” on the big social media networks and have a chat.