Organ Donation

 

What is Organ Donation?

Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel can all be transplanted.

Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine and can save or transform the lives of other people. However, they depend completely on donors and their families consenting to organ or tissue donation. One donor can save the life and improve the quality of life for up to 9 people.

The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. By choosing to join the NHS Organ Donor Register you could help to make sure life goes on for many others.

Around 200 people in Northern Ireland are on the transplant waiting list and sadly around 15 people die each year waiting for an organ. Despite support for organ donation being extremely high, just 31% of the population here are on the organ donor register. Only 55% of families agree to donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s wishes.

To decide whether or not you wish to become a donor after you have died is something very personal and it is important that everyone makes their own decision. 

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For further information on Organ Donation you can contact the Specialist Nurse at the Ulster Hospital on (028) 9041 1470