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Did you know that there are cur­rently 558 peo­ple in Scot­land wait­ing for an or­gan trans­plant – and that’s where you come in.

One or­gan donor can change the lives of up to seven peo­ple?

Be­ing able to do­nate or­gans to help peo­ple who des­per­ately need trans­plants is one of the great ad­vances of mod­ern medicine.

While al­most 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple (46 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion) have joined the Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter, this doesn’t mean ev­ery­one who is on it be­comes an or­gan donor. Only one per cent of all deaths in Scot­land hap­pen in cir­cum­stances where the per­son is ac­tu­ally able to do­nate their or­gans and tis­sue.

While that one per cent can go on to be­come or­gan and tis­sue donors and save the lives of up to seven peo­ple, clearly we need more peo­ple on the reg­is­ter.

This is why it is so im­por­tant that as many of the one per cent go on to be­come or­gan and/or tis­sue donors.

Or­gan do­na­tion hap­pens at a very emo­tional time.

When a fam­ily have lost some­one, it is much eas­ier if the de­ceased had told their rel­a­tives of their de­ci­sion to join the reg­is­ter.

Your fam­ily are twice as likely to say‘Yes’to do­nat­ing your or­gans and tis­sue if they know it’s what you would have wanted.

So, if you are one of the nine out of 10 peo­ple who agree with or­gan do­na­tion, it is im­por­tant you take two sim­ple steps.

1. Reg­is­ter your de­ci­sion to be an or­gan donor at www. or­gan­do­na­tion scot­land.org/yes or call 0300 123 2323

2. Share your de­ci­sion with your fam­ily.

You can have your or­gan do­na­tion wishes recorded on the Reg­is­ter ir­re­spec­tive of your age, sex­u­al­ity, body shape, re­li­gion or health.

In Scot­land, we are head­ing to­wards an opt-out sys­tem for or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion.

But it is likely to be sev­eral years be­fore that comes into force.

Even then, the sim­plest way peo­ple can in­di­cate their de­sire to be­come a donor is by join­ing the Reg­is­ter, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple join now.

So if you sup­port or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion and have not joined the Reg­is­ter, please join to­day at www.or­gan do­na­tion­scot­land.org.

On the move An or­gan heads for trans­plant

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