One donor can save many
ORGAN Donor Foundation spokesperson, Gillian Walker, said: “I have huge admiration for Bryn and his family for making an honourable and selfless decision to say yes to organ and tissue donation and give the gift of life to so many.
“They are a wonderful example and the way they are continuing to increase awareness for organ and tissue donation is remarkable.”
Walker added that through organ and tissue donation, it was possible for one donor to save seven lives by donating a heart, two lungs, two kidneys, liver and pancreas, and improve up to 50 lives by donating skin, bone, tendons, heart valves and corneas.
The foundation’s statistics for 2016 show Gauteng leads the way when it comes to organ transplants with 160 and Cape Town takes second place with 134 transplants. KwaZulu-Natal had 34. These figures include Related Living Donors, Non-Related Living Donors and Cadaver Donors, of which there are very few.
According to Walker, the majority of transplants are for kidneys, for which there is also the highest demand.
Registering to become an organ donor is free.
Go to www.odf.org.za or call the toll-free line on 0800 22 66 11.