One donor can save many

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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.

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