National Transplant Week – Only 31% of us in the UK have joined the organ donor register – yet more than 10,000 of us need a transplant. So who’s giving them?
The answer is not enough people. The serious lack of donations mean 1000 per year are dying needlessly. So the purpose of the week is to draw awareness to the problem and make a change.
Kidney transplants are most common, as well as hearts, livers and other organs. Donated corneas also give people a new way of looking at the world!
So how does it work? Donors are matched according to blood and tissue type. People from the same ethnic group are likely to be a closer match – although people from different ethnic groups usually match just as well.
When you register and get your donor card you can choose which organs you want to donate – but not who they’re donated to.
The long-term organ transplant benefits are invaluable. Not only does it give someone a second chance, transplants are less expensive than having to to keep paying for medication that would ultmiately only be a temporary solution.
When someone dies, it’s really hard to accept that they’re gone. But knowing that a part of their loved one will help someone else will be a huge help for the person grieving.
Hearts, kidneys livers and corneas are all vital organs needed by people to survive and go on to enjoy their lives. Click here to join the organ donor register.
So what can you do this July? Well you could run an awareness day in your workplace by setting up a display table and giving out leaflets – or if that’s not possible you could just hand out some posters to shops and offices near you to help raise awareness of the week.
In the meantime keeps tabs on the National Transplant Week website to get fundraising ideas and find out more about organ transplants.