Organ Donation Week - Words Save Lives
A message from NHS Blood and Transplant:
Do your family know whether you want to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them?
If the answer is no, then you’re not alone; sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place.
We need more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of transplants that happen.
There’s no time like the present, talk about it today. Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs.
You could help someone waiting for that vital call, by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by telling your family.
Jo Adamou, whose daughter Cissy has had a heart and a kidney transplant says:
“You don’t realise the impact having a child or anyone you love waiting for a transplant can have on you and the difference an organ donation can make. It’s incredible that people donate, words cannot describe how grateful you feel.”
Millions of people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register already but only one in every hundred will die in circumstances where they could donate, so every donor is precious.
There are a number of ways in which you can help support our campaign:
- Talk about organ donation with your family. Do you know their donation decision?
- Learn more about organ donation by watching our videos. Find out what it’s like to wait for a transplant, the impact transplants have and how families of donors feel.
- Don’t let yourself be swayed by misinformation! There are many myths about organ donation, watch our myth busting videos to find out the truth.
- Like, retweet and favourite our videos, or share them yourselves to help to spread our message. You will find us @NHSOrganDonor
Three people die every day in need of a transplant. We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.
Words Save Lives. Let’s get talking about organ donation.