Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Not at all quilty

A friend of mine after a long time waiting for a donor kidney finally got one a few weeks ago. Her donor was in his or her 70's.
Normally this is one of the most successful of the organ transfers.
My friend is not only having extreme problems with the anti rejection drugs but her new kidney is failing. If it does she will be in a worse state than before with no kidney function at all.
None of us want to be donors (after all this normally means we have met with an untimely end)but most of us want our organs to be used after our death. It is a terrible time for families to be asked and the process is so very much easier if we have registered our wishes here or if this link doesn't work copy and paste this http://www.uktransplant.org.uk/ukt/how_to_become_a_donor/how_to_become_a_donor.jsp
It's as easy as that.

If you live elsewhere in the world, Google to find the registration process in your own country. Do it now if you haven't already and let all your family know.

It's not just kidneys, it's all sorts of things which can improve and save the lives of others.
And spread the word,


  1. We are all committed potential organ donors in our house - my previous partner died after an RTA and donated all the organs he could. I know what it's like to be on the giving end so to speak and to all those who have misgivings about it all please don't. They never take organs lightly and without respect and only after every possible measure has been taken to try and ensure the donors survival. We were treated with utmost care and courtesy and at least we felt his death wasn't totally pointless. Sally if you wish to add any of this comment as an extra to your post to encourage others please feel free. I wish your friend well

  2. Also while you are alive and well please consider giving blood. We have a decreasing number of blood donors and we are barely keeping up with demand. No blood no operations. It isn't difficult or especially time consuming, and this too may save someones life.

  3. When you have a friend waiting for a transplant, this really strikes home - I have such a friend, and my donor card was lost when a handbag was stolen - I've re-registered, just in case; thanks for the reminder and link.