Organ Donation in the News

After last week’s “presumed consent” comes this article in the Guardian:
£11m scheme will boost organ donors by 50%, says taskforce

This is a theme that raises strong opinions and we think all the publicity will make a difference. Whatever your view, the truth of the matter is that 400 people in the UK a year die while waiting for an organ transplant. There is no doubt that this can be drastically improved by better organ donation. It’s hard for us as beneficiaries to understand why someone would not donate.

all the arguments are presented in the Transplants in Mind website.

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Radio P4 Jämtland, Sweden

I had a request played on the Swedish local radio station P4 Radio Jämtland today.
Radio Jämtland is the local radio station based in my hometown in Sweden.
This is a translation of what I wrote with the original Swedish below.
You can hear the broadcast for yourself for 30 days.
“I would like to take the opportubity to ask you to play a song that means a lot to me.
This song represents that I feel so well. A few years ago my kidneys were dying and I barely had the will to keep living. My brother Jonas Skyttmo with his unselfish generosity donated one of his kidneys to me three years ago, I can now live life to the full, I have a huge appetite for life and I have recovered completely. When I hear this song it represents my appetite for life. I want to dedicate this song to you Jonas.
From your sister Cim”
The song was “Thunder in My Heart” by Leo Sayer.
Jag tänkte passa på att önska mig en låt, den betyder mycker för mig.Denrepresenterar att jag mår så bra. För några år sedan hade jag tappat lust och ork att leva på grund av en njursjukdom jag hade. Min bror Jonas Skyttmo med sitt ojälviska mod och genorisitet donerade en av sina njurar till mig för tre år sedan och jag har fått tillbaka min livskraft och jag har blivit helt återställd, jag har en otrolig aptit på livet. När jag hör den här låten representerar den min aptit på livet. Så jag vill dedikera den här sången till dig Jonas.Från syster Cim

New take on organ donor cards in the UK?

News in the UK’s Guardian newspaper and its sister The Observer of a government rethink of organ donor cards in the UK. At the time of writing, carrying an organ donor card is optional and you have to opt in to be an organ donor if you should die. The British government is now putting forward an idea similar to that in Spain of an “opt out” card. That is, it will be assumed that you are willing to donate organs unless you register as “not willing”. Read the article here.

Donor card

The problem with the current situation is that, atwhat is probably a horrible time, it must be terribly difficut for a relation to decide whether to give consent consent to allow heir loved one’s organs to be used to help others. By carrying a donor card the wishes of the deceased are clearer, but I read the next of kin can still refuse to give the go-ahead. The opt out way ought to make things smoother, but there are many considerations.

Our focus with this expedition is definitely on encouraging live donation, but we think you could do your bit by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register. If you already carry a donor card, you should still register, and let your relatives know your wishes.

Transplants in Mind

As you may have noticed from the front page, we have now linked up to Transplants in Mind as our chosen charity. Before you do anything else, please donate online on our Antarctic Odyssey fundraising page. Thank you!

It’s difficult to choose a charity, but we chose Transplants in mind because it most closely matches our aim: to prevent people from suffering and dying needlessly while waiting for a transplant. They cover all aspects of donation and transplantation, and we are doing our bit for live kidney donation.

They were also keen on us because they were looking for a live kidney donor story. Funny how the universe lines up with you sometimes, isn’t it? So now Cim and Jonas story is on their website, and has already caught the eye of a Japanese media company. More on that as we get the news.