As per the image, it is DonateLife Week. Organ donation is the ultimate legacy you might be able to leave for those waiting for a transplant.
We know more than 1,500 Australians are waiting at any one time for a life-saving transplant. And also one organ and tissue donor can save and transform the lives of many.
Of course, the need for transplanted organs is a higher number than the available organs.
I’ve recently been following an amazing young lady on Instagram, she is a heart AND lung transplant recipient AND she is a triathlete, including Ironman 70.3!!! This champion has been given an extra chance at life thanks to organ donation and she is not wasting a second!! Her name is Kate Phillips, on Instagram as @osherbet – her story is phenomenal!
There are three simple steps encouraged to being ‘all over it’ so to speak – Discover, Decide and Discuss.
The best place to do this is the Donate Life website – its here that you can gather the facts and make an informed decision about organ donation
Once you have decided – go to http://www.donatelife.gov.au/decide to register your wishes.
From the DonateLife website:
Why do I need to register?
The Australian Organ Donor Register is the only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death. Joining the register is voluntary and you can elect which organs and tissues you are willing to donate.
The national Register provides a record of a person’s donation decision for families and clinicians ensures in the event of their death. This decision can be verified 24 hours a day, seven days a week by authorised personnel anywhere in Australia.
It is super important to discuss your registered wishes with your family, and also to know their wishes.
The DonateLife website cites:
‘Less than 1% of deaths in hospitals are in the particular circumstances where organ donation is possible. Family discussion and knowledge about each other’s donation decision is critical to ensure that every potential donor’s decision is upheld.’