Southern Trust supports Speak Up and Save a Life
09/04/2014The Southern Trust is supporting the ‘Speak up and save a life’ organ donation campaign which is aimed at raising awareness of the issue of organ donation in Northern Ireland.
In the last 2 years the Trust has been able to pass on the gift of life to a total of 40 people who received life changing transplants.A local donor family living in the Southern Trust area have shared their story to encourage people to ‘Speak up and Save a Life’ through organ donation. The family displayed exemplary courage in the midst of devastating grief.
“Just before Christmas in 2007, our beloved 6 year old son was involved in a road traffic collision. He did not die in vain, as parents we decided, after seeing a poster in the hospital about organ donors, that we would donate his organs. We felt that in life, our wee boy cared about people who were poor, hungry and sick. His ambition was to be a superhero, the little boy who saved lives. He gave the ultimate Christmas gift to 4 families waiting for a miracle, the gift of hope and life through organ donation. As a family we support the Public Health Agency campaign and we would encourage others to speak to their family and tell them their wishes.”
Organ donation is not something we think about every day, but with a real shortage of organs more donors are desperately needed. Around 200 people in Northern Ireland are on the transplant waiting list and sadly around 15 people die each year waiting for an organ. Despite support for organ donation being extremely high, just 31% of the population here are on the organ donor register. Only 55% of families agree to donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s wishes.
Whether you have signed the NHS Organ Donor Register or not, your family will make the final decision on donating your organs. Knowing you wanted to be an organ donor can ease the burden on your family making that decision if the time comes. Register at www.organdonationni.info
If you would like further information on Organ Donation please contact Edel Livingstone, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Craigavon Area Hospital on Tel: 028 3861 2720 or Mobile: 07590 352 207 or Email: email@example.com