Get Involved: Save5 – Organ Donor Register Appeal

Last year T. Sandeman-Charles was diagnosed with two incurable lung diseases and will need a lung transplant if she is to survive.  But instead of whinging about something that she cannot change she decided to do something very positive instead.  She started Save5 and her goal before she dies is to get 10,000 people registered as organ donors as she knows many lives could be saved or improved.  If you would like to know more about Save5 and even register as an organ donor please go to www.save5.org.uk

3 people die every single day just waiting for a transplant.

What is Save5 all about?

Would you take an organ if you needed one?  Most of us would but only 28% of us have joined the online Organ Donor Register.  More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant.  Of these, 1,000 die each year – that is 3 a day.

Save5 is all about asking people to register online or to check that if they have already registered their personal details are up to date so that in the event of death, their organs and tissue can potentially be used to Save5 other lives.

What organs can be transplanted?

Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel can all be transplanted.

What is tissue donation?

Tissue donation is the gift of tissue such as skin, bone, tendons, cartilage, heart valves and corneas to help others.

Bone, tendons and cartilage are used for reconstruction after an injury or during joint replacement surgery.  A bone transplant can prevent limb amputation in patients suffering from bone cancer.

Heart valves are used to help children born with heart defects and adults with diseased or damaged valves.

Skin grafts are used to treat people with severe burns.

Finally every year thousands of people with a severe eye disease or injury have their sight restored by donated corneas.

If you have one of the old Donor Cards – you will not be on the NHS Database and therefore you will need to register as an organ donor.

3 people die every single day just waiting for a transplant.

You have to die on a Ventilator in an Intensive Care Unit, normally having been in a major car accident or in a coma, before your organs can even be considered for transplantation.  Statistically you are  more likely to need a transplant yourself than becoming an actual organ donor.

There is absolutely no medical condition (past or present) including cancer and diabetes that prevents anyone from registering as an organ donor.

There is absolutely no medication or treatment taken (past or present) that prevents anyone from registering as an organ donor.

There is absolutely no age barrier preventing anyone from registering as an organ donor.

If you have one of the old Donor Cards – you will not be on the NHS Database and therefore you will need to register as an organ donor.

So help us help this great cause and sign up here

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