This week is organ donation week in the UK. All supporters of organ donations will be encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their families.
The campaign is not organ specific and is across the board from kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, pancreas etc
There are a couple of main key action points that need to be encouraged and these are
- Join the NHS organ Donor Register, you can do this by calling 0300 1232323 or visiting organdonation.nhs.uk
- Ensure you have the conversation with your family and loved ones. It’s all very well signing up to the Donor Register but your loved ones have the final say and if you are not clear on your intentions then your wishes may not materialise.
In 2016/17 there were over 6000 people on the transplant list, also to add to this a further 3300 were temporarily suspended from the list. So overall there are just short of 10000 people in the UK in need of a transplant as of the 31st of March 2017. No doubt as patients become more critical they will be added to the list.
Why does organ donation matter, this one is quite easy if gives people with organ failure a second chance of life. If the majority of people on the waiting list do not receive an organ they will more than likely die.
Those that are awaiting a kidney can have therapy called dialysis to keep them alive in the short-term to prolong the time they have to receive the gift of life. However, although the treatment is successful in the short time the mortality rate is relatively short compared to transplantation.
I was given a second chance of life from my wife and it is this reason I am riding from London to Paris, not just to raise funds but to raise awareness and show what a transformation receiving this gift can bring.
If you need any more help on kidney specific then you can try the National Kidney federation.
So don’t forget have the conversation !