Anne Judd, volunteer Blair Gilmore, and live donor Gail Logan.
Anne Judd, volunteer Blair Gilmore, and live donor Gail Logan.

The greatest gift

DONATELIFE WEEK has been raising the profile of organ donation this week and Coffs Harbour is a leading rural hospital in donor numbers.

Organ and tissue donation specialist on the Mid North Coast, Anne Judd, said we needed to get the message out there and change perceptions so organ donation was not a taboo subject.

“We tend to keep it all in our heads and don’t share the fact we want to be organ donors and because most organ donors die suddenly, if the topic hasn’t been raised, families can be reluctant when asked if they would like to donate their loved one’s organs,” Ms Judd said.

“Only 56 per cent of families say yes because the subject had never been discussed.

“Conversely, families who talked about it feel they are upholding the wishes of their family member and it brings some positivity to a tragic time.”

She said strong progress was made in NSW last year with donors increasing 26 per cent from 2009.

One donor can save up to 10 lives and improve the quality of many more.

Contact DonateLife on 02 8566 1700 or visit donatelifensw@donatelife.gov.au for more information.



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