How Organ Donation Saves Lives
Earlier this year, Two+Two brought together over 150 students from Northern universities along with 50 mentors from agencies to tackle a brief to raise awareness of organ donation. As a follow up, we’ve got some more information on the subject from Direct Line –
50 years ago the concept of using body parts from the deceased to help others live would have been akin to what you’d expect to find in a dystopian image of the future. In reality, it’s one of the most important developments in the history of medical science.
That doesn’t mean there’s a constant supply, though. On an average day there are as many as 6,000 people waiting on the organ donor’s list. Sadly, most of these people will have to wait years for an organ which can be safely transferred.
But why? Unfortunately, only 5,000 people a year die in circumstances where an organ can be donated without fear of infection. What’s more, some of these people won’t be on the donor register. The wait is often a long one as a result.
As many as 411 patients died between 2017 and 2018 because a transplant wasn’t found in time. 755 people had to be removed because the demand was growing so high.
24.9 million are currently signed up to the organ donor register. That number sounds high, but, with a population of 66 million people, there are plenty more who could take the time to add their name.
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of organ donation, be sure to check out Direct Line’s full guide below: