As some of you may be aware, this week is Donatelife week, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread where organ donation can be discussed.
It would be great to hear stories of donation from donor families/recipients and give thanks.
I thought I’d also share some facts on organ donation in Australia:
*Although Australia has a world class reputation for successful transplant outcomes, it also has one of the lowest donation rates. We are currently ranked 24 in the world (Spain is ranked number 1).
*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.
* In 2011, 337 organ donors gave 1001 Australians a new chance in life!!
*The number of organ donors and transplant recipients in 2011 was the highest since national records began.
*Australia needs more active engagement and awareness within the community to increase Australia's consent rate.
* In Australia the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation for transplantation can proceed.
*Australia's family consent rate is low, with less than 60% of families giving consent for organ and tissue donation to proceed.
* The most important thing that helps a family's decision is their knowing the wishes of their loved one.
* 43% of Australians do not know or are not sure of the donation wishes of their loved ones.
I thought it would be nice to also briefly share my family’s story, in hope that it will encourage people to discuss their donation wishes with family members. It is a very long story, however, in a nutshell, my husband was given a second chance of life in June 2011 when he had 2 liver transplants with 4 days of each other. He was in hospital for almost 4 months, and we came extremely close to losing him. No, the liver condition he had was not because of bad lifestyle choices, he had an auto immune disease where his immune system attacked his bile ducts. He is only here today because of the wonderful, amazing, selfless donors who discussed their donation wishes with their families. If it was not for them, my daughters would not have a father. There are no words to express our gratitude to them, they and their families are our angels and we will be forever grateful to them
We are blessed with amazing, skilled, world renowned Doctors, surgeons and medical staff. There is no reason why our wonderful country can't be in par with countries such as Spain, Portugal and France when it comes to organ donation! So please, if you already havn't, discuss your donation wishes with your loved ones as they will have the final say!