Organ donation law in Wales. The legislation for Wales is 'deemed consent'. This means that if you haven't registered an organ and tissue donation decision (opt in or opt out), you will be considered to have no objection to becoming a donor.Learn More
Organ donation. Have you discussed this with your close family? Do you know their wishes? If you live in Wales do you know if they opted out?
Here is why it is so important: the UK is the second lowest donor country in Europe, there are currently 7000 people waiting on tenterhooks for transplantation. In the last 12 months 1634 people became organ donors resulting in 3519 transplants, consent rates being around 62%. The biggest obstacle is family refusal, mostly because the family were unaware of their deceased intentions.
3 people die everyday in need of transplant, due to a shortage of people willing to donate organs.
In Wales there were 21 cases where families overrode their relatives decision to donate organs. This could have resulted in 65 people receiving transplant. Each donor will give hope and possibly save the lives of 3 people. Callum helped save 4 lives, we are so proud of him!
Please, please have those conversations. I know it is hard, but a lot harder if you are at the stage of having to make the decision in A&E, or in ITU. Thankfully we knew Callum’s decision because we had the conversation when he was alive....