Local Sinn Féin representative Leanne Peacock has urged local people to register themselves on the Organ Donation Register. This comes after a dedicated recurring fund has been set up by the Department of Health to help address the situation where 140 people here in the North are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant yet a third of families refuse to give consent for their loved one’s organ’s to be donated.
Miss Peacock, “The gift of Organ donation can see one person save or improve the lives of up to 9 others after their death.”
“With only 45% of the population of the north signed up for Organ Donation alot needs to be done to increase this figure to ensure that those waiting for life-saving transplants are given the best chance of receiving an organ, this dedicated fund will go along way to improving awareness of organ donation and training for professionals on donation.”
“However, you can personally help by signing up to the Organ Donation Register at https://www.organdonation.
“While this can be a very sensitive and upsetting subject to discuss, it is important that your family know your wishes and you have become a registered donor, so that if that unfortunate time does come both the relevant agencies in conjunction with your family will be able to act on your wishes. Any of us or our families could be in the unfortunate position of needing a transplant in the future and I know local families who find themselves in this unfortunate position, if you are willing to receive an organ there is no reason that you should not sign up to donate an organ if the unfortunate circumstances of your passing should arise. ”
“I would also encourage everyone who is able, to donate blood up to 3 times per year as recommended, many of us will need vital blood supplies at some point in our lives through treatment, unfortunate accidents or surgery. Only 6% of those eligible gave blood in the last year. This is something that can be done easily, quickly and locally to help save or improve the lives of many others.”
“There are up and Coming local blood donation sessions taking place in Dunloy Parish Centre on 24th January from 1:30pm to 4pm, 5:15pm to 8pm and the Millenium Centre Loughgiel on 4th February from 2:30pm to 4pm, 5:15pm to 8pm. I would encourage everyone who is eligible and available to attend these local sessions and keep an eye out for further sessions in our local area which happen regularly.”