Organ Donation is the gift that keeps giving and a gift that can quite simply be described as the Gift of Life.
Can it really be underestimated giving someone else the gift of life? Too often we think about organ donation when we need it most and are ready to receive, but does that make it wrong or just human nature?
One person can donate their kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, small bowel, tissue and bones and, if we put this into the context of how many other peoples’ lives it could save, it is staggering. However, until more people are educated about the amazing and selfless act of organ donation there will always be people that could donate that do not, and others that are waiting for an organ that never receive one.
Until 31st March 2017 there were 6389 people on the register waiting for an organ in the UK and as quoted by the Guardian: “A reluctance to talk about transplants is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs donation, the NHS has said, after figures revealed more than 450 patients waiting for a new organ died last year because families, unsure of their deceased relatives’ wishes, declined to donate.”
On a positive note, the BBC quoted: “More than 50,000 people in the UK are alive today because of organ transplantation”. However, I cannot help feeling that this figure should be higher considering how many organs can be donated per person and in my eyes, the sooner the Opt-out organ donation system is in place across the whole of the UK, the more lives that can be saved.
Talking from my own experience, the whole thought of organ donation was foreign to me until I was in need of a new liver. Again, I can go back to the theory that, unless we are directly affected by something, it is human nature to not give it the attention it deserves and the hardest task is to educate people in a way that makes them more proactive than reactive.
Looking back at my journey, I can say that the waiting was the worst part. It seems endless at the time and as though you are on a helpless journey not knowing the path you will take from one day to the next.
If you want to read more about how it felt waiting for a transplant, you can read what the waiting was like for me by clicking here .
If you would like to join the organ donation register in the UK please click here.
As mentioned it in my last post, education is the key to a better world.
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle
Stay strong, stay positive and thanks for reading.
Peace, Love and Light x