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7 Brilliant Reasons to Carry a Donor Card ...

Donor Cards have been around for a long time, and saved so many lives; it is clear that carrying one is a wonderful thing to do. Yet still the majority of people donยดt have a donor card. It takes so little time to sign up for one, and has such amazing benefits. If you havenยดt yet registered, here are some compelling reasons why you should get a donor card right now โ€ฆ

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1. Saves Lives

It should go without saying that donor cards save lives; but hereยดs a reminder. The first successful kidney transplant was carried out in 1954; with 3,700 transplants carried out in the UK alone in 2009, hundreds of thousands of lives must have been saved over the years. Maybe even millions! So carrying a donor card is an amazing thing to do.

2. Sauce for the Goose

Letยดs suppose that you were unfortunate enough to be in need of a transplant. Youยดd want a donor organ, which would require someone to have been prepared to carry a donor card. So, if you want someone to do it for you, then itยดs only fair that you are willing to be a donor yourself.

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3. Numbers Game

There are thousands of people waiting for a transplant at any one time, and the sad fact is that not all of them will find a suitable donor in time. Even if someone is a registered donor, death may not take place under circumstances that allow donations to take place. Plus there is the difficulty of finding a match. So the more people that register as a donor, the higher the chances of those on the list getting the transplant they desperately need.

4. One Donor, Many Lives

One donor does not equal one life saved. In fact, one person can save several lives. Their liver, kidneys and heart can go to different people, plus other organs can be used. Even if certain organs canยดt be used, other parts, such as the corneas, can still be used to improve someoneยดs life. Itยดs sad when someone dies before their time, but families often draw comfort from knowing that their loved one helped to save other lives.

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5. Improvements

Transplant techniques are improving all the time; we have recently heard of the first full face transplants, something which was unimaginable only a short time ago. With the growing skills of surgeons and improved medication, patients are living longer and more organs and body parts are able to be used. This is making a huge change to the lives of those patients โ€“ and all thanks to those people who allowed their body to be used after their death.

6. Make Your Wishes Known

Death is, letยดs face it, a fact of life, and itยดs going to happen to us all. So if you feel strongly about being a donor after your death, then carrying a donor card makes it clear that this is what you want. Without that card, your family may not know that you wanted to be a donor, and your organs will go to waste when they could have been used to save lives. Getting that card means that your family are aware of your wishes.

7. Quality of Life

There are few alternatives to transplants. Patients with kidney failure, for example, have to undergo the debilitating experience of dialysis. It keeps them alive, but a transplant will give them a new lease of life altogether. Similarly, corneal transplants donยดt save lives but they do give people the opportunity to have their sight restored, which will make an amazing difference to their quality of life.

If you donยดt already carry a donor card, then I hope that I have convinced you that it is an amazing thing to do. So donยดt waste time โ€“ if you support organ donation then sign up as a donor right away. There are so many people that have reason to be grateful for the skill of the surgeons and the people who believed in donating their organs. Do you already have a donor card, and if not, what has put you off?

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