Last November I gave my brother a Kidney - if I hadn't he'd have
been dead by the New Year. This is an issue I feel very strongly
about. I can't understand how people can be afraid of giving up
a few organs AFTER their death.
One of the things I hear is that when people are considering becoming
an organ donor, it forces them to ponder over their own mortality,
which in turn makes them feel uncomfortable. They worry about what
will happen to their body after death. Well how much facing of mortality
do you think you have to go through when contemplating being a living
Believe me, you think long and hard about the 1 in 3000 chance
that they'll put you to sleep to remove your kidney and you may
not wake up again. So you deal with it (at least I did) by balancing
out the risk. The risk being there is a 1 in 3000 chance I'll die
- against the risk of it's pretty damn certain my brother will die
if I don't do this.
I am the eldest of four boys with four years between us, I had
already lost one brother from liver disease when he was aged just
39 - I didn't want to lose another. Being an organ donor after death
is no big deal, just get the card and carry it, let your family
know you want to be a donor, so there is no argument about it.
I watched my brother carry his pager 24 hours a day - waiting for
it to beep, the beep signalling that a kidney - from a dead person
- was available. Can you imagine what it is like to sit waiting
and hoping like that, day after day, getting sicker and weaker hoping
the bleep will come before you die? Yet there are around 7,500 families
right now, at this minute, in that position - and YOU as a person
can do something about it.
Just think about it.
If you still have any doubts consider this - our organ donor system
is in crisis. One donor card can save up to eight lives and restore
sight to two others, That is a legacy that is beyond price. And
look at the economic implications, it costs between £30,000
to £45,000 per year to keep a kidney patient on Dialyses,
yet it costs around £30,000 to perform a kidney transplant
that can last for between 15 and 20 years.
Not only that, don't people realise what happens to their bodies
if they are subject to a post mortem? Many organs are removed as
part of a routine post mortem, - liver, heart, brain, you have no
choice!! If it is required, your body will be subject to a post
mortem - your family will be able to do nothing about it. However
as a donor, your body will be treated with the greatest respect
- so why not just donate anyway?
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If I new someone that close to me that was dying coz they needed a new kidney, I'd give one to them. when you die though, I just don't see what the fuss is about, why are people so fearful??
I agree entirely with Chris, I watched my daughter slowly dying in renal failure, she was lucky she got a kidney from a dead person, no family matched so we could not donate. Please carry a card, there are a lot more like our daughter out there waiting for a chance of a life without dialysis.