To donate or not to donate

ANY day is a good day to discuss donating your organs but it is especially so this week, DonateLife Week.

More and more people in NSW are choosing to save lives through organ donation and now is the perfect time to start a conversation with your family to make your wishes about organ donation completely clear.

Strong progress was made last year with a 26 per cent increase in organ donors and a 23 per cent increase in people transplanted.

Mid North Coast Local Health Network nurse Anne Judd specialises in organ donation.

“We are starting to see more donors and more people receiving organ transplants in NSW,” Ms Judd said.

“But we can improve organ donation rates even more if people make their wishes known through family discussions. Families are better able to give consent for donation when donation wishes have been discussed prior to the moment when a decision must be made.

“At www.donatelife.gov.au we can help people discover, decide and discuss organ and tissue donation. We can help you start the conversation with those close to you.”

Organ and tissue donation can change lives with one donor able to save up to eight lives.

Corneas can restore sight, kidney transplants can take people off regular dialysis and let them resume normal life, pancreas transplants can cure type one diabetes and liver/heart/lung transplants can save lives immediately.

Transplantation means that a very sick person can return to a normal life and once again be an active member of their family and their community.

The Mid North Coast Local Health Network will have an information stall at the Coffs Harbour Growers Market this Thursday, Town Centre Mall, between 8am and 2pm, where Anne Judd will be available to talk about donations.



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