Transplant Surge

Submitted by jchuen on 19 April 2013 - 1:17am

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Since late last week we have seen a sudden increase in the number of organs being offered for transplantation. The reason was not clear until I turned on the telly the other night and saw a rerun of the ABC Four Corners episode that ran on the evening of Monday the 8th of April.

This episode focussed on the issues around low donation numbers, and highlighted the experiences of the ICU staff who have to discuss organ donation, the transplant co-ordinators and transplant teams, the patients waiting for transplantation and those who have managed to have a transplant. In particular ABC Current Affairs presenter Mark Colvin's story experience was documented.

It is well worth a look and the episode can be seen here: 

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2013/04/08/3729893.htm

The biggest hurdle in organ donation is that families don't know what their loved one would have wanted if the opportunity arose. This can be easily solved by having a few discussions about what you might want to do if put in that situation. Not all organs are suitable for donation and transplantation. But those that are suitable will be put to good use if we get the chance.

For more information about organ donation, visit www.donatelife.gov.au.

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