One Minute Brief of the Day:
This week is Organ Donation Week, which is all about raising awareness of the life-saving power of organ donation and encouraging families to discuss the topic.
There’s lots of things you wouldn’t tell your family; some topics are definitely off limits for dinner table chat! Organ donation shouldn’t be one of them. It isn’t always easy, and can be difficult to bring up, but a few words now could save someone’s life one day. In fact, one organ donor can save or transform up to 9 lives.
If families know their loved one wanted to be an organ donor, they are much more likely to say ‘yes’ to donation going ahead. Fewer than half of families agree to donation if they are unaware of their loved one’s decision. Over 90% agree when the decision to be an organ donor is known.
The theme of the week is ‘Words Save Lives’. Eight in ten people would consider donating some or all of their organs. But only a third of adults in England have told their partner or close family.
Can you inspire more families to have that all-important chat about organ donation?