Or­gan donors can save lives

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vast ar­ray of items she had pro­duced and gave a most in­ter­est­ing talk on the range of plants and fungi used to ob­tain the va­ri­ety of colours used. It made for a fas­ci­nat­ing evening. Mar­i­lyn and her helpers set a very high stan­dard for the com­ing year. Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners: Three Cheese Scones – 1, Mary Harkness; 2, Sheena Kerr; 3, Edith Steel. Hedgerow in a Jam Jar – 1, Jean Drum­mond; 2, Liz Mcallan; 3, Mar­ion Law. The next meet­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4, when Liz Mcin­tyre re­turns to Gil­mour­ton to talk on ‘Nan’s Story’. The com­pe­ti­tions that evening will be for a ‘piece of wartime mem­o­ra­bilia’ and ‘three an­zac bis­cuits’. Strathaven MP Lisa Cameron is urg­ing res­i­dents to join the Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter.

Across Scot­land, there are 4345 peo­ple cur­rently alive thanks to or­gan donors and their fam­i­lies.

Dr Cameron said: “Or­gan do­na­tion is a fun­da­men­tal part of the NHS sav­ing lives. It’s not some­thing we like to re­ally think about but in the worst case sce­nario, be­ing an or­gan donor give us the op­por­tu­nity to save some­one else’s life.”

Among those who have al­ready ben­e­fited is La­nark­shire man Gor­don Hutchi­son, the face of the na­tional ‘We Need Ev­ery­body’ cam­paign, which orig­i­nally aired last year and is now back on our TV screens.

Gor­don, from East Kil­bride, un­der­went a trans­plant aged just 13 af­ter be­ing born with a con­gen­i­tal heart de­fect.

He stripped off for the TV ad­vert to re­veal his trans­plant scar on screen, de­liv­er­ing the mes­sage that or­gan do­na­tion saves lives, as some­one who knows first-hand.

Gor­don said: “Be­cause of my donor, I was able to grow into a teenager, play foot­ball, pass my driv­ing test, get my first job and get mar­ried – things I’m grate­ful for ev­ery day.”

As a na­tion, 45 per cent of peo­ple have al­ready shared their de­ci­sion to be­come an or­gan donor by join­ing the Reg­is­ter.

How­ever, there are still nearly 600 peo­ple wait­ing on a life-sav­ing trans­plant.

To join the NHS Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter visit www.or­gan­do­na­tion­scot­land.org.

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