If given the choice, would you save a life?

Banner_900x214px_ActionPack_0

Yesterday I registered as an organ donor. I’m 23, but I’d have done it at 18 if the thought had occurred. Luckily it did. It’s nice to know my consent is confirmed, out of the way, sorted. What difference does it make? I don’t harbour spiritual unease at the idea of my body being tampered with after death. I can save a life after mine has ended (up to ten, actually), enrich a family, and all I have to do is sign on the dotted line.

There are approximately 1500 people on transplant waiting lists at any given time in Australia. Last year in Victoria, 378 donors gave new lives to over 1000 people. But that’s still only 16 donors per one million people.

Click here to read my full article petitioning Daniel Andrews MP to implement a compulsory opt-in/opt-out registration system.

UPDATE: This has been republished by Centrethought – a cool website where uni students give their opinions about the world.

Image: Donatelife

Advertisements

19 comments

  1. I turned 18 this year and I’ve always intended on becoming a donor. This post has just reminded me i should look into how I can do that! 🙂

  2. I think that is a great thing to do Kezia, I think I am a donor too but I should double check! PS thanks for the follow, hope you’re having a great day.

  3. I work in a blood bank and I donate blood regularly. It’s important to donate every couple of months to help provide a safe and adequate blood supply for the area you live. Thank you for the follow too!

    1. I also donate blood evry 8 weeks. I can, so I do. Have for years.
      I’m also signed up as an organ donor. Whoever gets these used organs won’t be as thrilled as if they got them with less miles on them, but it’s better than nothing.

  4. It just makes complete sense! I’ve signed for donation too, and give blood as well. If I can help someone after I have passed, then that would be the ultimate way of use of my body. I think a compulsory registration system is a great idea!

  5. I think registering as a donor is like voting, you get to have a say but you don’t get to decide the outcome. I spoke to a lawyer who said it will be up the family of the deceased. They are the ones who will have to sign on the dotted line so it’s best to talk to your family and make clear your wishes.

  6. Kezia, I absolutely have registered as an organ donor! It’s a sure way of leaving a living legacy to make life possible and/or better for a fellow human. I just hope I didn’t permanently ruin all my organs from my years (in the past!) of smoking! Great post, thank you!

  7. Thank you for being an organ donor.

    In Michigan, in the U.S.A., we can select to be an organ donor when we get our driver’s license (once we are over 18) and the license shows you are a donor.

    I have also donated blood regularly for the past 30 years. It’s a good feeling knowing I have helped save a lot of lives.

  8. As soon as returned from doing medical work overseas i signed,I’ve seen first hand just how important organ and blood donation is and how it can save lives!

    Thanks for bringing attention to it ! 🙂

    Casey (Motivated To Succeed)

    1. Thanks for your comment Casey! That’s wonderful that you signed up. We really need to spread the word about just how beneficial it is to those who haven’t directly seen the amazing results organ donation can have! 🙂

  9. Here is a debate that rises with organ donors and those who refuse due to several statistics they claim exist, which I’ve never attempted to legitimize for myself because I don’t feel the need to debate it so why research it..lol but I can have a level of understanding to see where they are coming from if their stats are correct. Their general argument is that the stats show a lower rate of attempt to resuscitate when you are an organ donor compared to when you are not. I don’t recall their exact stats but it was a little breathe taking. If stats are true, what are your thoughts? Would that sway you to change your mind? I too am an organ donor but I will admit it made me think!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s