Hi all, I just thought I would bring up the topic of organ donation, of thinking about it and more importantly discussing it with your family and friends. Donate Life week starts next Sunday, it's a chance to bring it to the front of people's minds, start people thinking about it.
I know it is a horrible thing to think about, that someone has met a sudden death, all too early in most cases, but please do.
Our little boy Ethan was hit by a train last October, and I can tell you the pain and grief was and still is horrendous.
As we were sitting there, knowing that there was nothing else that Drs could do for our boy, we would have given anything for them to come back in saying "we have a miracle, we have a second chance, we have a new head for your little boy, you can have a chance at taking him home, of loving him for years to come, of watching him grow up" that feeling would have been at the opposite end of the scale that we were feeling. Our miracle was not possible, but having been through it, we would also do anything to stop another family from having to go through it also, we couldn't get our miracle, but another family or families could.
Please think about it, please talk about it, please make sure those that can make the decision know and respect your wishes.
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15-02-2012 11:02 #1
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15-02-2012 12:31 #2
to you on your unfathomable loss. My heart aches just at the thought of losing my boy.
Your post is fantastic and shows what a kind hearted person you are for still trying to save others, even in your time of grief.
My whole family knows what I want donated - I've raised it many times in the past 10 years with them just to be 150% sure they would respect my wishes.
I strongly believe that we should follow other countries in that you are automatically a donor unless you specify otherwise (currently it's the opposite).
I'm also a firm believer that you should only receive a donated organ if you are registered as a donor yourself (providing medically you're able). That way everyone is still entitled to refuse being a donor as their right to freedom, but don't expect a donated organ if ever required. IMO that's only fair.
15-02-2012 13:25 #3
And what about little kids? Their parents can't register them as an organ donor, only if the situation arises can they decide to donate.
A lot of people waiting for an organ are on the list through no fault of their own. Cystic fibrosis is one example. The flu can damage someone's heart to the point they need a transplant.
for the loss of your little boy OP, it would have taken mountains of strength to decide to help others with his organs.
I'm a registered organ donor and DH knows I want to donate. What annoys the freckle out of me is even if you are registered, your family can still say no. Which to me is wrong.
15-02-2012 14:18 #4
I agree, I think it should be an opt out system, I also agree that if you "opt out" not that you are unable to, just that you choose not to, you should be ineligable to recieve one.
If you are willing to receive, you should be willing to give if you can.
I also don't think that family should be able to over rule your decision. But until that changes, that is why it's extremely important to talk about it! Let them know your wishes.
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15-02-2012 15:25 #5
As for kids - well that just goes without saying. Of course this ruling would only apply to adults that were in a position to donate if they could.
Basically I wish we could stop people like my own father who would happily accept a donated organ to survive, but isn't comfortable donating himself. I don't think that should be allowed, it's a double standard - just my opinion of course.
I agree with you regarding family still being able to go against your wishes too - that's just wrong and exactly why I've repeated it to my entire family so many times!
15-02-2012 16:10 #6
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15-02-2012 16:25 #7
I am and have been an organ donor since my dad was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when I was 15 I have always wanted my organs donated and all my family know of my wishes.i think it's the greatest gift anyone could give. Some ppl don't believe in it and I respect their wishes. If u receive a organ you may not be in the right health to give one
18-02-2012 09:58 #8
It certainly is the greatest gift you can give to anyone. It's not a nice topic to talk about either, but it needs to be talked about. As usually it's a terrible time in your life when you are faced with that decision.
Australia has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world! Yet we have one of the highest success rates in transplant.
There are lots of different activites being organised around the country by DonateLife ove rthe next couple of weeks.
I really encourage people to chack out the website www.donatlife.gov.au and look at the activites that will be in your area, go along and support them, tell others about them. Please.
18-02-2012 10:06 #9
thankyou for your post, my friend passed away suddenly in December and donated her organs. She helped 9 ppl, 3 of which where live saving and 2 of which where young children.
she as registered so it took a hard decision away from her family.
please do you reserach, make a decision you are comfortable with and then if you feel donoation is right for you - REGISTER.
18-02-2012 10:15 #10
I've been an organ donor since I was 17 (now 34!) and have made it very clear that I want anything donated that could be.
I would also donate my kids organs if needed/
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