Organ & tissue donation facts
- One organ and tissue donor can save up to 10 lives and improve the lives of many more.
- Australia is a world leader for successful transplant outcomes, yet has one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world.
- Around 1600 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists.
- On average, people on the transplant list can wait between 6 months and 4 years.
Organ donation is something I feel very strongly about. I hope and pray that no one in my family ever requires an organ donor. But in saying that I can also only hope and pray that if they ever do there is a compatible donor available to them thanks to some generous family donating a loved ones organs.
Donating my organs is something I didn't even need to think twice about. It was a no brainer for me. I do understand that not everyone finds the decision an easy one to make.
For me I think of our first born who has a congenital heart condition and I thank god he didn't require a donor heart, and fingers crossed never will!
That thought is what makes me 110% certain that I would like to save a life if possible if something were to happen to me. To ease a families suffering and hopefully extend someone's life expectancy.
Are you an organ donor? Have you spoke to your family about your decision?