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QE raising awareness of importance of organ donation

QE raising awareness of importance of organ donation

Published by KLFM
4:25pm 6th September 2019.

The QE have been raising awareness of organ donation this week.

Their key message is to make sure you talk to your family about your decision.

It might be a difficult conversation to have but even if you have signed up to the Organ Donation Register, your family has the final decision after your death. 

Tree planting QEH
Nicola's children helped to plant the tree at the QEH

That was a decision Nicola had to make after her husband, Mark, passed away. She said:

"It's a very difficult decision at the time because it all happened very quickly but it felt like the right thing to do because he was always a person to help others.

"Obviously it was very good to be able to cling onto something as to helping others really so it's something kind of in his memory which has been positive.

"We couldn't help Mark, but it was nice to be able to know that he's helped others."

The law around organ donation is set to change next year from an opt out system rather than opt in. 

That means that everyone will be on the organ donation list unless you specifically say you don't want to be. 

Those conversations about what you want to do with your organs when you die will be even more vital when these changes take place. 

You have the power to change someone's life in a time of great sadness.

 

That's what the tree planting at the QE represented - bringing new life and hope.

Malcolm had a liver transplant back in 2015 when it started failing. If the doctor's predictions were right, he got his new liver the day before they thought he would die. 

He said he wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the quick and early diagnosis at the QE and the hard work of other doctors at Addenbrookes:

"I'm indebted to the family.

"Both me and my eldest daughter wrote to the family through Addenbookes sort of saying we can't understand the grief you must be feeling and if it's any small satisfaction you've helped save a life and we will always be grateful."

Tree planting QEH

He's now a member of the Organ Donation Committee and volunteers for Macmillan information support and helps out on wards. 

"Some people will say 'do you fancy a drink?' and I say I will never do that because I would like to honour the wishes of the family that donated to help save my life

You can sign up to be an organ donor here

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