Organ Donation

We seem to have the concept back to front.

In Oz, we  have to ‘opt in’ for organ donation, rather than ‘opt out’.
In an apathetic nation, this means that so many, many people, who would willingly wish to help others, don’t, because they have never got around to opting in, as a donor.

If we could all be ‘scavenged’ for useful parts, after death, (unless we formally advise otherwise), many people, who now die, would be given the gift of continued life.

Only about 2% of people die in a way that facilitates organ donation, and we have around 400 people nationally, living in the hope of finding a donor. We need many more donors.

Surely we could so easily help them all to a better life with some new national legislation?

9 thoughts on “Organ Donation

  1. Ray, you have raised an issue that does need talking about in families. My younger sister and I have been organ donors for many years. I was particularly challenged when I considered how many in my paternal Grandmother’s family had vision issues – some that led to blindness.

  2. Having had Cancer, my organs apart from Cornea & Tissue would not be acceptable for organ donation unfortunately.
    Some may wish to donate heir bodies to science, in the hope of assisting others through research.

  3. As I have aged, I know that my organ parts may well have aged too.

    Who would possibly want a 75 year old set of lungs? Or a 75 year old heart?

    Some people are set to die, at an early age.

    It is natural selection – the fittest survive, the weak die.

    No way I would donate an organ.

  4. Similar to others, I would not be a suitable donor. However, more importantly, I think the issue is getting the word out to young people as much as possible. An advertising campaign similar to the road safety campaign might attract potential donors. I think there is a similar problem with a lack of blood donors.

  5. Salina, you’re right about the shortage of blood donors – my sister donates every ? weeks/months and that’s the story she’s told each time.

  6. I am an organ donor and I have told my family that it is my wish for this to happen as I have heard that your family can object to organs being taken.
    I have recently had a total hip replacement operation and I donated the bone that was cut off to the bone bank,Plus life I think they are called.
    At no charge to me they took blood on the day of my operation and again 6 months later. Once they were satisfied that I didn’t have any nasty diseases they released my bone to be used to help others. It’s quite a long story as to what happens to donated bone.
    I am very short sighted in one eye and going that way in the other so thought my eyes wouldn’t be of any use to anyone until my Doctor told me thta someone who was going blind would love my short sighted eyes as they could wear glasses and still see.

  7. Rachel, your post is an interesting one – I was not aware that bone can be donated – well done for your donation. I trust that your new hip is doing its job very well for you.

  8. I have also had a hip replacement, and they said they couldn’t have the bone for donation as I have osteoarthritis in that hip. I have been a organ donor for years but as the years have mounted up I think my organs will no longer be wanted now.
    I remember when my mother died, the doctors wanted to take some of her skin for donating, as she had never been in the sun it was in wonderful condition my father said no she had been through enough, my brother and I were a bit horrified that he would not agree to this.

  9. My husband is a registered organ donor I am not suitable because of health issues I say good on him

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