I know this is a bit of a band-wagon subject, particularly on Blogs, but I wanted to share my view and support for this lifesaving treatment. I agree that it is galling that nearly everyone would happily accept a donor organ if they needed it, but only a staggering 28% of people in the UK have registered themselves on the Organ Donor Register (myself and Steve included here). With 7932 people waiting for that precious gift of life (since April 2010) this is something that is disturbing. Considering how many people who tragically lose their lives and those organs that they could have donated to help another going regrettably to waste. Its nothing short of madness.
This year, someone I know received her gift of a new pair of lungs, after many years of degenerative disease and nearly losing her battle for life. Rachael Wakefield campaigned tirelessly for people to join the register and raised awareness. Now her selflessness should stand as an example to us all, and her determination should be admired. She truly is an amazing person and an honor to have spoken to from time to time.
EDIT: I just wanted to mention, after talking with Rachy today, that she has admirably inspired 17,000 people in the North-west alone to sign up. This is an amazing feat.
I suppose what I want to say to people is, if you can help another, even if it is after your own death, why not? I suppose this is some food for thought really and I hope in posting this, I can at least motivate more people to join the vital register and save more lives.
For further information on Rachael Wakefield, please visit:
And for more information on organ donation, please visit:
http://www.lltgl.com (Live Life Then Give Life)
http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/default.jsp (NHS Organ Donation, and Registration.)
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