Are you an organ donor? 18


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.

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Some people just took hearts - I gave them mine.

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.

Jack and James

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.

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my Donor card.

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.


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18 thoughts on “Are you an organ donor?

  • Kim Carberry

    I think everyone should be signed up and it be an opt out system….
    When my girls had their heart surgery there was a little girl waiting for a transplant who never made it because there was a lack of donors. It is so sad.

  • Colette

    You know what love, job done. I wasn’t signed up. I’ve always meant to be and my husband knows my wishes but I’ve not actually signed the register. I’m going to do it now x

  • Sarah Bailey

    I have to admit I don’t care what happens to my organs once I am gone – if they can go to be useful for someone else then great (I honestly don’t think they can though due to the medication I can take) but they are welcome to them if they want them.

  • Anca

    I am an organ donor because I know how important it is. I like that the law is changing and the family will not be able to withdraw the consent of a registered donor as easy as it was.

  • Amy Hunt

    I signed up last year too, I found it a lot more troubling then most (I’ve left my link in the website bar). Whilst I agree it’s an amazing thing to do, to give someone another chance at life when yours is over, I really struggled after I signed up.
    It was on my mind constantly and my parents were really upset once I’d received the letter to say I was signed up.

    So glad you’re promoting such a wonderful cause. Wish I was brave enough to have stuck with it. I might sign up again..who knows. x

    • Julie Martin Post author

      Hi Amy, thank you for the honest comment. I am so sorry it caused you family trouble and stress.
      That’s why I think I liked this campaign so much, nurses and transplant receiptients walking around asking people stood with their mates and family if they *want* to consider it. It wasn’t pressured or forced, it got people talking openly too.

  • Emma White

    This is something I am very passionate about and an argument the ex-husband and I have as we once discussed this with our children after watching a documentary I said as difficult as it must be I would be happy to donate the children of god forbid anything ever happened to them (awful thought) but I saw how child organ donation helped other children live and it was so moving and he argued he would never let it happen – as for myself yes they can take anything of use.

  • Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear)

    I’ve been an organ donor since I was old enough to be registered and I still carry my card too although it is a little worn nowadays. My boyfriend was always against the idea, not because he is selfish but I don’t think he could really think about it without cringing or getting upset at the thought of dying. He recently changed his mind when we filled in our new Doctor’s forms and I’m proud of him for finally thinking about it properly
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