Becoming an organ donor is really important and it could have a very personal impact. Three people on the organ donation waiting list die every day waiting for an organ transplant which doesn’t arrive in time. Many others lose die before they even get onto the waiting list for organ donation. Ask yourself, if you died, and one of your children or grandchildren needed an organ, would you have had a problem giving permission? There is a major shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for an organ transplant is increasing. Here is the link to register as an organ donor.
Here is a Scottish Government video on the subject:
Organs transplants are no longer experimental procedures, they highly effective. The unmet demand for organ donors to meet the rising number of folk desperate for an organ transplant is rising dramatically as people live longer, as kidney failures rise and scientific advances which mean that more people could benefit from a transplant given the opportunity to do so.
The number of organ donors has not risen significantly in the last few years, so the number of organs available for transplant available has not risen. Few people actually die in circumstances where their organs can be used, so it is crucial to increase the number of potential organ donors. Organs have to be transplanted urgently after death so the organ donor has to have died in hospital – and most do not. Most useful organ donations are from people who die on a ventilator in intensive care unit. Not that we would wish that on anyone, but you might as well have a useful death which brings new life to several other people.
The numbers dying in these circumstances is dropping because of advances in road safety, medicine and the prevention of strokes in younger people. Organs from younger organ donors are desperately short.
Another problem is that many have not joined the Organ Donor Register or told their families of their wish to help others, so delays occur which waste valuable opportunities for those waiting. However, despite the fact that few people die in circumstances which would enable their organs to be donated, many people can donate tissue after their death. Scientific and medical advances in the treatments that are available for patients has led to an increased need for donated tissue.